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. What is NOT given to Dr. Poole when he is assigned a job?

2. The deformed babies in the Cocktail Bar were all born between what dates?

3. What is used to kill the deformed babies?

4. Who "ravishes" Dr. Poole during mating season?

5. What is the Arch Vicar's opinion of the Industrial Revolution?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What discussion do the Chief, Arch Vicar, and Dr. Poole have concerning food production?

3. What restrictions are placed on mating in the primitive community? What happens to those who dare to disobey?

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

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

6. Describe the initial entrance of the Arch Vicar.

7. Describe the scene, including the chanting, taking place in the Los Angeles Coliseum at the height of the Purification Ceremonies.

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

9. Describe what occurs immediately preceding Dr. Poole's faint at the Purification Ceremonies.

10. How is Loola finally swayed to run away with Dr. Poole?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of Science in Ape and Essence? How does science drive the plot? Character motivations? How does Huxley regard the pursuit of Science? Is science a danger as well as a potential boon? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

How is organized religion depicted in Ape and Essence? Do you believe Huxley intends the Arch Vicar's religion to provide a characterization of all of organized religion? How might the Belial religion compare to modern Christian religion? Is organized religion another of society's ills in Huxley's view?

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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