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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does the narrator say he reacts so violently to the ad in Chapter 1?
(a) Because he had once wanted to save the world
(b) Because he had always hoped to see an ad like this, but feels he had missed his chance
(c) Because he had once taught lessons in saving the world himself
(d) Because he had never had any response when he ran similar ads himself

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

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

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

6. When does Ishmael say he was truly born?
(a) When he realized that his name was not his
(b) When he learned to read
(c) When he realized that he was a gorilla
(d) When he realized that he had a name

7. What does the narrator say his relationship with Nazi Germany is?
(a) He is a student of it
(b) He is moderately well informed about it
(c) He is unaware of the details of Nazi rule
(d) He has always gone out of his way to avoid learning about it

8. How does Ishmael say the followers of Copernicus convinced people to change their view of heliocentrism?
(a) By discrediting the proponents of heliocentrism
(b) By censoring heliocentrism in journals and textbooks
(c) By getting them to pay attention to that was really there
(d) By fighting in court and in classrooms

9. How does Ishmael characterize man’s progress, once he discovered agriculture?
(a) Plodding
(b) Fits and starts
(c) Meteoric
(d) Slow, till he learned how to navigate the ocean

10. What does the narrator answer when Ishmael asks him, in Chapter 5, what man’s destiny is?
(a) To build civilization
(b) To fulfill himself
(c) To take care of other people
(d) To turn the planet into a garden

11. What does Ishmael tell the narrator to do, when the narrator cannot say what man’s destiny is in Chapter 5?
(a) Think metaphorically
(b) Think historically
(c) Think emotionally
(d) Think mythologically

12. What has the narrator’s coldness become, now that he mentions it to Ishmael a second time, at the end of Chapter 5?
(a) A character
(b) A trope
(c) A symbol
(d) A motif

13. What manipulation does the narrator say man had to learn in order to master his environment?
(a) How to manipulate the production of goods
(b) How to manipulate trade
(c) How to manipulate his womenfolk
(d) How to manipulate his food supply

14. 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

15. What does Ishmael say is the purpose of Mother Culture’s story?
(a) To weed out the weak from the strong
(b) To put the listener to sleep
(c) To teach the listener how to fulfill him or herself
(d) To give the listener power

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the literary term that describes the narrator’s directly addressing the reader?

2. How does the narrator characterize the 1960s?

3. What does the narrator say the ad in Chapter 1 was looking for?

4. What does Ishmael say is mythical about the story the narrator tells in Chapter 3?

5. In Chapter 6, what does Ishmael say is unobtainable in the narrator’s culture?

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