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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the literary term that describes the narrator’s directly addressing the reader?
(a) Direct discourse
(b) Apostrophe
(c) Personification
(d) Indirect discourse

2. In Chapter 6, what does Ishmael say is unobtainable in the narrator’s culture?
(a) An understanding of the goal of human culture
(b) Certain knowledge about how to live
(c) Freedom from guilt
(d) An orientation to natural laws

3. How does Ishmael characterize the people who recognized the mythology of Hitler’s rule, but went along with it anyway?
(a) He characterizes them as panicked fish in a school
(b) He describes them as animals in a stampede
(c) He describes them as silly children
(d) He characterizes them as mindless drones

4. Where, in the narrator’s account, does the destruction of the earth get reversed?
(a) As soon as someone discovers how to make money from healing the natural world
(b) It never does
(c) In the future, with the children
(d) As soon as the political parties can come to agreement

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

6. How does the narrator say that Hermann Hesse presents Leo’s “awesome secret wisdom”?
(a) He says that Leo describes it as a mystical vision
(b) He says that the novel does not describe it
(c) He says that the novel describes it in code
(d) He says that the novel is enigmatic on the topic of the wisdom

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

8. What does the narrator say made the difference between men before and the men that live now?
(a) Stories
(b) Language
(c) Agriculture
(d) Writing

9. From whose perspective does Ishmael tell a rival creation story in Chapter 4?
(a) A jellyfish
(b) A gorilla
(c) An indigenous person in Asia
(d) Someone from another planet

10. Where does the narrator say the conquest narrative in Chapter 6 ends?
(a) With the conquest of all knowledge
(b) With rebellion and collapse
(c) With the conquest of outer space
(d) With the mapping of DNA and the brain

11. Where does Ishmael say he was born?
(a) Tibet.
(b) West Africa
(c) Memphis
(d) India

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) Man was always going to be able to imagine more than he could get for himself
(b) People screwed it up
(c) Wealth was never going to be distributed equitably
(d) The natural world would not support all of men’s plans

13. What does the narrator find on the arm of his chair during his third dialogue with Ishmael?
(a) A tape recorder
(b) A camera
(c) A notebook
(d) An ax

14. What does the narrator say he expected when he answered the newspaper ad?
(a) A temple
(b) A zoo
(c) A library
(d) An atmospheric brownstone

15. What does the narrator say the ad in Chapter 1 was looking for?
(a) Someone who wanted to change the world
(b) Someone who wanted to make an investment
(c) Someone who wanted to work with gorillas
(d) Someone who wanted to teach

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ishmael get the narrator to recognize the limitation of his creation myth?

2. Upon answering the ad, what does the narrator say he finds in the room when he goes in?

3. What does Ishmael say is the consequence of thinking that the world was made for us?

4. What does Ishmael say, in Chapter 5, is man’s purpose on the earth?

5. What manipulation does the narrator say man had to learn in order to master his environment?

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