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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 name of the latest advance in the evolution of high explosives?
2. At what age did James Wait become a sire?
3. Who has become deaf after the explosion in Chapter 36?
4. Who said: "Progress has been much more general than retrogression."
5. Who responds to the Captain's SOS in Book 2: Chapter 7?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the Bahia considered to be a ghost ship in the opinion of humankind?
2. According to the narrator, are there anymore left handed people in the world? Explain.
3. What happens to Kazakh in Chapter 31?
4. In the Captain's story he shares with Akiko, how are lobsters much like humans?
5. What does the cancellation of "the Nature Cruise of the Century" mean to everyone in the bus in front of the Hotel El Dorado?
6. According to the narrator, why do people get hiccups?
7. What does the narrator say after the death of Kazakh and James Wait? Why does he say this?
8. Who does Kamikaze catch by the spring and is about to copulate with?
9. Why are the Kanka-bono girls laughing at the Captain in Chapter 11? Why does the Captain think they are laughing?
10. Why does Mary Hepburn like James Wait immediately?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Make a case for or against the following statement: "Culture and society is just something that humans do because it is programmed in their brains." Use the novel for evidence to support your case.
Essay Topic 2
How are the blue-footed boobies in the novel symbolic? Why do you think the author puts such an emphasis on the blue-footed boobies? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
In Book 2: Chapter 7, Leon Trout must face the decision whether to go into the afterlife or stay for a million years to watch humanity evolve. He cannot let go of the unfolding story of humankind, at least not for another million years. Why do you think Leon is given a million years to stay on earth? Do you think there is a limit to the amount of knowledge the Father wants Leon to have? Explain.
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