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 the Arch Vicar's opinion of demon possession?

2. How many laborers are assigned to Dr. Poole in his job?

3. What does the Arch Vicar call the calamity of World War that destroyed most of the world?

4. What do the Canterbury scientists ultimately decide to do about Dr. Poole?

5. According to the Arch Vicar, why do his people worship the Devil?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe the final scene of the film involving William Tallis' gravestone.

3. What is the Arch Vicar's stance on the reality of demonic possession?

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

5. Describe the initial entrance of the Arch Vicar.

6. Describe the circumstances of Dr. Poole's rape.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does surrealism play in Ape and Essence? Identify and explain three surrealistic elements. What effect does the use of surrealism have on the comprehension of the reader?

Essay Topic 2

What role does Polly play in Ape and Essence? Why is she important for the reader to better understand or empathize with the situations in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Explain why Huxley may have chosen to start Ape and Essence on the date of Gandhi's assassination. Explain Gandhi's historical significance. What kind of insight might an understanding of Gandhi's teaching have on some of the themes and messages of the book?

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