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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Ishmael say that men see the ruin of nature, according to the narrator’s culture’s mythology?
(a) As the visitation of god’s judgment
(b) As the result of God’s plan
(c) As the price to be paid for ruling the earth
(d) As the plan nature had for mankind

2. In Chapter 5, how does the narrator characterize the world without man?
(a) Paradise
(b) Raw material
(c) Bloody jungle
(d) Post-apocalyptic dreamscape

3. Why does the narrator say he answers the newspaper ad?
(a) To be part of the crowd
(b) To make sure that it is just a scam
(c) To see who else shows up
(d) To see what he can learn

4. How does Ishmael say the gods must have seen the world before man, according to the narrator’s culture’s story?
(a) Unfinished
(b) Ruined
(c) Abandoned
(d) Perfect

5. What does Ishmael say is the consequence of thinking that the world was made for us?
(a) That we have to take care of it
(b) That we can do what we want with it
(c) That we have to find its proper owners
(d) That we owe someone an enormous debt of gratitude

6. How long ago did the Leavers’ story come into existence?
(a) 2-3 million years
(b) 300 years ago
(c) 200 years ago
(d) 2-3 thousand years

7. What distinction does Ishmael point out between Leaver and Taker cultures?
(a) The absence of guilt in Leaver culture
(b) The absence of the fear of death in Leaver culture
(c) The absence of prophets in Leaver culture
(d) The absence of medicine in Leaver culture

8. When does the narrator’s creation story begin?
(a) 250 thousand years ago
(b) 4 billion years ago
(c) 10- 15 billion years ago
(d) 2 thousand years ago

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

10. What does the narrator say is his first impression of the room in Chapter 1?
(a) Anger
(b) Wisdom
(c) Emptiness
(d) Comfort

11. When does the narrator recognize Ishmael in Chapter 1?
(a) When Ishmael speaks to him
(b) When the keeper forces Ishmael to move
(c) When he is staring into his own eyes
(d) When Ishmael growls

12. What is the ‘but’ Ishmael sees in the narrator’s story: “The world was made for man to conquer, and turn into a paradise--except for what”?
(a) People screwed it up
(b) The natural world would not support all of men’s plans
(c) Man was always going to be able to imagine more than he could get for himself
(d) Wealth was never going to be distributed equitably

13. Where does Ishmael say mankind’s flaw is?
(a) In human nature itself
(b) In its story of its origins
(c) In the divine plan for mankind
(d) In the development of agriculture

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

15. What does Ishmael say the narrator will be the result of learning what he is teaching?
(a) He will go to war
(b) He will be isolated
(c) He will want to become religious
(d) He will become a writer

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator answer when Ishmael asks him, in Chapter 5, what man’s destiny is?

2. What does the narrator say is his first impression of Ishmael?

3. How does the narrator characterize the 1960s?

4. What does Ishmael elicit from the narrator in Chapter 4 regarding his creation myth?

5. What does Ishmael tell the narrator to do, when the narrator cannot say what man’s destiny is in Chapter 5?

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