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

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

3. What does the congregation chant as the babies are sacrificed?

4. What is the Arch Vicar's perspective on sexual intercourse?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Provide the following characters' views on sex: the Arch Vicar, the Chief, and Dr. Poole.

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

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

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

8. Describe the initial entrance of the Arch Vicar.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the relationship between Dr. Poole and Loola. Why are they compatible souls? What aspects of humanity do they share? Why is Loola different from the other primitives? What does Loola have that Miss Ethel Hook does not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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