Ape and Essence Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does the Arch Vicar NOT blame for world wars?

2. In what year was William Tallis born?

3. When Loola is assigned to her new job, who acts as a comforting friend and confidante?

4. According to the Arch Vicar, how long has mankind pitted itself against Nature?

5. How many books has the Arch Vicar managed to save from destruction?

Short Essay Questions

1. What scientific reason does the script narrator give for the restrictive mating season of the primitives?

2. How does the Arch Vicar defend his religion's practices with respect to Dr. Poole's own religion?

3. What happens to young boys who show early signs of sexual aggression in the primitive community?

4. What is peculiar about the babies being prepared for the Purification Ceremonies?

5. What commentary does the script narrator offer about joy (as described in a poem by Shelley) and the possibility of joy in the ape-mind?

6. According to the Arch Vicar, did Belial need the atomic bomb to assure the destruction of mankind?

7. What is Dr. Poole's reasoning for why Belial can never win in his battle against mankind?

8. What became of the Canterbury and its crew, ultimately?

9. How does the Arch Vicar find out about Dr. Poole's escape? How does he react?

10. What is the Arch Vicar's explanation for why his people worship Belial, all the while acknowledging the being's evilness.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ape and Essence is structure with a narrative frame. Explain the nature of this narrative frame and what effect the "story-within-a-story" has on reader comprehension and interpretation of the events.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the steps involved in the Purification Ceremonies of Belial's Day. What is the goal of the Purification Ceremonies? What is the religious belief system behind the ceremonies?

Essay Topic 3

The poetry of Percy Shelley is a crucial element in the novel. Examine the passages of Shelley's poetry engraved on William Tallis' gravestone. What does this poetry mean? Why was it chosen for the tombstone? What overall message should the reader take away from this poetry?

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