Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 12, how does Ishmael say man became man?
(a) By following his intuitions
(b) By taking his fate upon himself
(c) By living in the hands of the gods
(d) By reassessing tradition every generation

2. What does Mr. Partridge tell the narrator when he inquires at the Sokolow house in Chapter 10?
(a) Why the rent was cut off
(b) That Mr. Sokolow’s daughter had died
(c) Where to find Ishmael
(d) Where he can find Mrs. Sokolow

3. What does the narrator find when he returns to the office building in Chapter 10 after several days away from Ishmael?
(a) Ishmael has been evicted
(b) Ishmael is sick
(c) Ishmael has died
(d) Ishmael will not talk to him

4. What does Ishmael say has been the result of the Takers’ interpretation of the law he and the narrator discuss in Chapter 8?
(a) To establish one or two just civilizations
(b) To bring the world to its knees
(c) To bring the benefits of civilization to more people than ever
(d) To produce a paradise on earth

5. When does Ishmael say the event he put at 8,000 B.C. on his timeline ended?
(a) 2,000 A.D.
(b) 5,000 B.C.
(c) 500 B.C.
(d) He says that it has not ended yet

6. What does the narrator say, in Chapter 8, he would be looking for?
(a) Places where people’s stories were contradicted by their actions
(b) What the people did not do
(c) What the people did
(d) What the people said about their behavior

7. After the narrator describes his law, how does Ishmael reword it?
(a) You can murder, but only to eat
(b) You can compete but you cannot wage war
(c) You can eat your fill, but after a certain young age, the young have to kill their own food
(d) The health of a community is found in the strength of its top predators

8. What looming crisis does Ishmael imply will correct the ‘Takers’’ excesses?
(a) Population explosion
(b) Warfare
(c) Drought
(d) Famine

9. What is Art Owens’ negotiating style?
(a) He does not budge at all
(b) He is amenable to make sacrifices in order to find an agreeable proposal
(c) He is somewhat flexible
(d) He is hostile and suspicious, and only gives ground with a fight

10. What scenario does Ishmael describe in Chapter 7, which horrifies the narrator?
(a) A city where the neighbors eat each other
(b) The meetings of the gods, where the gods do nothing but bicker
(c) A city where every plant and tree is ordered
(d) A jungle where the animals have committee meetings

11. What assumption does Ishmael say the Takers must have made about the world in order to follow the laws they follow?
(a) That time was running out for the world unless they could fix it
(b) That men are demi-gods
(c) That there is something fundamentally wrong with humankind
(d) That man can only return to nature through culture

12. What does the narrator say is new about Ishmael’s expression at the beginning of Chapter 7?
(a) A searching gaze
(b) Gloominess
(c) Twinkle-eyed playfulness
(d) Mocking raillery

13. What does the narrator tell Ishmael he wants to know in Chapter 11?
(a) Where the Sokolows have been
(b) Where Ishmael’s other students are
(c) Why he decided to teach
(d) The Leavers’ story

14. What does the narrator say is the first thing that the Takers do that no one else in nature does?
(a) Execute murderers
(b) Exterminate competitors
(c) Claim territory for themselves
(d) Rationalize their murder

15. In Chapter 11, how does Ishmael define culture?
(a) As the total set of a people’s actions and words
(b) As the set of answers to a people’s most pressing questions
(c) As the things a people cannot give up without becoming someone else
(d) As the knowledge that is passed down generation to generation

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the narrator’s first strategy for reconnecting to Ishmael in Chapter 10?

2. What does Ishmael say the narrator needs to tell him in Chapter 8 before the dialogue can resume?

3. What does Ishmael ask the narrator to leave and come back with in Chapter 11?

4. What is a paean?

5. How does Ishmael characterize the law the narrator is looking for?

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