Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ernest Callenbach
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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 city does Weston explore at the beginning of the book?

2. Where do most of the population of Ecotopia reside?

3. After observing the lumber mills, who does Weston mention meeting in his diary?

4. Who are the healthiest people, on average, in the whole world, according to Weston?

5. What uses public opinion to control the policies and behaviors of Ecotopian companies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the primary difference between research in Ecotopia compared to that in America.

2. Describe the Ecotopian legal system.

3. Describe the solid state food system of Ecotopia.

4. Describe Weston's experience in the war game.

5. Describe the Ecotopian lumber industry.

6. Describe the initial energy system that Ecotopia inherits.

7. Describe a typical day for children at the Crick School in Reliez.

8. Describe home energy systems in Ecotopia.

9. Describe Ecotopian war games.

10. Describe broadcasting and television stations in Ecotopia.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book Ecotopia? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of ecological awareness. Identify at least two motifs about ecology and nature in the book. Then, cite an example to support each answer.

Essay Topic 3

Callenbach has a very different approach to work and employment. He describes the worker in Ecotopia as a partner. Describe the worker in Ecotopia. Do you think this is realistic? What kinds of companies would such a worker-partnerships relationship be viable and in what kinds of companies would it not? What do you think of the Ecotopian view of mixing work and play and of having only a 20-hour workweek? Discuss and describe.

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