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 system does the person that Weston meets tell him about?

2. What is different about most products made in Ecotopia?

3. What is unusual about the streets of the city that Weston explores?

4. What movement in Ecotopia wants to abandon plastics completely?

5. What is different about the equipment Ecotopians use for games?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens the day that Weston is supposed to leave Ecotopia?

2. Describe Ecotopian music and its practice.

3. Describe the bird suit that Weston likes and buys.

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

5. Describe the streets of Alviso.

6. Describe the hikes children in Ecotopia go on as part of their education.

7. Describe the possibilities of investment in Ecotopia in businesses apart from the employee's.

8. Describe home energy systems in Ecotopia.

9. Describe broadcasting and television stations in Ecotopia.

10. Describe art in Ecotopia and its practice or expression.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ecotopia is a classic Utopian novel. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare "Ecotopia" with another of Callenbach's other books in the series. Which is, in your opinion, better? Explain. What future scenarios might you want to see in upcoming books? Which characters would you like to see portrayed? Why?

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