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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the narrator’s account of his culture, in Chapter 5, what was the problem early man had to solve?
(a) If he traded with other cultures, he would lose his women
(b) If he stayed in one place, he would exhaust his food supply
(c) If he stayed in one place, he would be subject to wars
(d) If he wanted to farm, he would have to kill off the hunter-gatherers

2. What does the narrator say was removed when man learned to farm?
(a) The temptation to control nature
(b) The need to have respect for animals
(c) The limitations of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle
(d) The desire for earthly paradise

3. What end does Ishmael say he foresees for the Takers’ culture?
(a) Redemption
(b) Conquest
(c) Chaos
(d) Catastrophe

4. How does Ishmael respond when the narrator says that he does not believe that he is part of a story?
(a) He says that belief is the beginning of resistance
(b) He says that it is easier to believe in more incredible things
(c) He says that belief is unimportant
(d) He says that belief is less important than action

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

6. What is the office building like, where the narrator answers the newspaper ad?
(a) Ordinary
(b) Gleaming, modern
(c) Run-down, seedy
(d) Classical, proud

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

8. 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 price to be paid for ruling the earth
(c) As the result of God’s plan
(d) As the plan nature had for mankind

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

10. What does Ishmael elicit from the narrator in Chapter 4 regarding his creation myth?
(a) That his creation myth is centered on mankind
(b) That his creation myth is damaging the earth
(c) That his creation myth is founded on falsehoods
(d) That his creation myth excludes the perspective of women

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

12. What does the narrator say is his first impression of Ishmael?
(a) Terror
(b) Comfort
(c) Tenderness
(d) Curiosity

13. In Chapter 6, Ishmael says that the narrator’s account of man’s progress stopped being applicable—how long ago?
(a) 30-40 years
(b) 100-120 years
(c) 150-200 years
(d) 80-90 years

14. In Chapter 4, why does the narrator say he does not display the emotion he wants when the narrator finally realizes the truth of what Ishmael has been talking about?
(a) He says that the pleasure of seeing is intellectual for him, not emotional
(b) He says that he still does not see
(c) He says that he does not show his emotions
(d) He says that he is more flabbergasted than he could express

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From whose perspective does Ishmael tell a rival creation story in Chapter 4?

2. What does the narrator say grew where his idealism had died?

3. Who does Ishmael say is the exception to the story of the narrator’s culture?

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

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

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