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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Ishmael say ‘Adam’ means?
(c) The first man
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) Where to find Ishmael
(c) That Mr. Sokolow’s daughter had died
(d) Where he can find Mrs. Sokolow
3. How long does it take the narrator to come up with the laws Ishmael asked him to define?
(a) Four days
(b) Three days
(c) Two weeks
(d) One day
4. What scenario does Ishmael describe in Chapter 7, which horrifies the narrator?
(a) A jungle where the animals have committee meetings
(b) The meetings of the gods, where the gods do nothing but bicker
(c) A city where the neighbors eat each other
(d) A city where every plant and tree is ordered
5. What does the narrator find when he returns to the office building in Chapter 10 after several days away from Ishmael?
(a) Ishmael has died
(b) Ishmael is sick
(c) Ishmael will not talk to him
(d) Ishmael has been evicted
6. How does Ishmael characterize the gods in his description of their debates?
(a) As troublemakers
(b) As wise men
(c) As squabblers
(d) As short-sighted people
7. Why has the change in Chapter 9 come about?
(a) Ishmael had made it a condition of their dialogue continuing
(b) Ishmael and the narrator have finally come to some fundamental understandings about culture
(c) There was nothing more they could say without making this change
(d) The narrator had requested it
8. What assumption does Ishmael say the Takers must have made about the world in order to follow the laws they follow?
(a) That there is something fundamentally wrong with humankind
(b) That man can only return to nature through culture
(c) That men are demi-gods
(d) That time was running out for the world unless they could fix it
9. How does Ishmael describe civilization’s progress in Chapter 7?
(a) As a corpse that has been kept alive artificially
(b) As a garden that has worn out the soil
(c) As the free-fall of an aircraft that does not accord with the laws of aerodynamics
(d) As a building built on water
10. Where is Ishmael’s reference to the Second Murderer drawn from?
(a) Plato’s Republic
(b) Homer’s The Iliad
(c) Mamet’s Oleanna
(d) Shakespeare’s Macbeth
11. What is the literary term for the running comparison to aeronauts?
(a) Parallel syntax
12. For whose benefit does Ishmael say the Leavers accumulate and preserve knowledge?
(a) The community of life
(b) The creatures they are responsible for
(c) Their food supply
13. What new name for the Leavers do Ishmael and the narrator arrive at in their discussion in Chapter 12?
(a) Those who follow the old ways
(b) Those who invent themselves
(c) Those who live in the gods’ hands
(d) Those who know good and evil
14. What is Art Owens’ negotiating style?
(a) He is somewhat flexible
(b) He does not budge at all
(c) He is amenable to make sacrifices in order to find an agreeable proposal
(d) He is hostile and suspicious, and only gives ground with a fight
15. What knowledge do the gods discover that allows them to rule the world without being criminals or negligent?
(a) The knowledge of secret texts
(b) The knowledge of who shall live and who shall die
(c) The knowledge of the future
(d) The knowledge of life
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Ishmael say the peace-keeping law promotes?
2. What item does the narrator bring Ishmael at the carnival?
3. Where does the narrator reunite with Ishmael in Chapter 10?
4. What new name for the Takers do Ishmael and the narrator arrive at in their discussion in Chapter 12?
5. What does the narrator say he feels when he takes a few days off from his discussion with Ishmael in Chapter 8?
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