Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 11.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For whose benefit does Ishmael say the Takers accumulate and preserve knowledge?
(a) Their food supply
(b) Themselves
(c) The elect
(d) The world

2. What terms do Ishmael’s terms ‘Takers’ and ‘Leavers’ correspond to?
(a) First world and third world
(b) Civilized and primitive
(c) Rich and poor
(d) Adults and children

3. What does the narrator say, in Chapter 5, man did once he made the development that distinguished him from his ancestors?
(a) Set about telling stories about the exile from the Garden
(b) Set about learning from the animals
(c) Set about mastering the world
(d) Set about discovering himself

4. How does Ishmael characterize the Takers’ response to the law he and the narrator discuss in Chapter 8?
(a) They found that they could use it to their unfair advantage
(b) They argued that it was against their constitution
(c) They claimed that it did not apply to them
(d) They found that they could get away with breaking it indefinitely

5. Why has the change in Chapter 9 come about?
(a) Ishmael and the narrator have finally come to some fundamental understandings about culture
(b) Ishmael had made it a condition of their dialogue continuing
(c) There was nothing more they could say without making this change
(d) The narrator had requested it

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator say, in Chapter 4, that he got himself to see the middle of the story?

2. When does Ishmael say the Take population will contract?

3. Where does the narrator say the conquest narrative in Chapter 6 ends?

4. What has the narrator’s coldness become, now that he mentions it to Ishmael a second time, at the end of Chapter 5?

5. What does the narrator say his relationship with Nazi Germany is?

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