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. In which garage does Dr. Poole meet with Loola in a car to have a discussion about the nature of evil?

2. With respect to the strange behavior of the primitives, Dr. Poole experiences a change from which state to which state?

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

4. According to Dr. Poole, why can Belial never win the war for humanity's soul?

5. Where are the Arch Vicar's books kept?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

6. Describe the events in which Dr. Poole and Loola are assigned new jobs in the primitive community.

7. What is the Arch Vicar's theory of history? What does this have to do with the "Order of Things"?

8. How does the poetry of Percy Shelley contribute to the development of romance between Dr. Poole and Loola?

9. Describe Dr. Poole's emotional state of mind after being ravished by the two mulatto girls.

10. What difference does the narrator make between conscience and customs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Similar to Huxley's own Brave New World, Ape and Essence is concerned with the danger of totalitarian states. Explain how Huxley makes this fear manifest and how world events in Huxley's life encouraged Huxley to pursue cautionary tales about totalitarianism.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Allusions are a frequent presence in Ape and Essence. Choose four literary allusions and explain their significance and meaning.

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