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. What does Ishmael say is the premise of the narrator’s creation myth?
(a) That man belongs in the midst, not on the top of the community of life
(b) That the world is a mystery no one understands
(c) That the world is made for man
(d) That man is an exile in his consciousness

2. How does the narrator characterize the work, in Taker culture, of killing off nature?
(a) Necessary
(b) Holy
(c) Sacrilegious
(d) Tragic

3. What method does the narrator say he would use, to deduce the laws of the group Ishmael describes in Chapter 7?
(a) Controlled experiments
(b) Library research
(c) Close observation
(d) Interviews

4. What does Ishmael say man’s importance must be, in the eyes of the gods, in the narrator’s creation myth?
(a) Man must be insignificant
(b) Man must attain value as he understands the gods’ laws
(c) Man must be a creature of enormous importance
(d) Certain men must be more important than others

5. What does Ishmael say, in Chapter 2, about the path he will take the narrator on?
(a) He should pay careful attention to the route they will take
(b) There is no going back once you start
(c) He need not remember the route
(d) Every step will correspond with a mystical experience

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator continue his dialogue with Ishmael in a new setting in Chapter 10?

2. What does the narrator say made the difference between men before and the men that live now?

3. How does Ishmael characterize the people who recognized the mythology of Hitler’s rule, but went along with it anyway?

4. How does Ishmael respond when the narrator says that he does not believe that he is part of a story?

5. How does Ishmael characterize the gods in his description of their debates?

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