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. How does Ishmael characterize the law the narrator is looking for?
(a) The law that ensures justice
(b) A culture-defining law
(c) A peace-keeping law
(d) An unspoken law

2. What new name for the Takers do Ishmael and the narrator arrive at in their discussion in Chapter 12?
(a) Those who follow the old ways
(b) Those who live in the gods’ hands
(c) Those who invent themselves
(d) Those who know good and evil

3. What does the narrator say when Ishmael asks if he would go back to prehistoric times?
(a) He qualifies his agreement
(b) He refuses
(c) He says that he would go gladly
(d) He hems and haws and does not answer

4. What does Ishmael ask the narrator to leave and come back with in Chapter 11?
(a) A plan for his future care
(b) A genuine apology
(c) A legitimate reason for asking about the Leavers
(d) An explanation for his ailments

5. What does Ishmael say the Takers repudiated when they split from the Leavers?
(a) Death
(b) Natural selection
(c) Powerlessness
(d) Passivity

6. 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 has been evicted
(c) Ishmael is sick
(d) Ishmael will not talk to him

7. How does the narrator characterize the work, in Taker culture, of killing off nature?
(a) Holy
(b) Sacrilegious
(c) Necessary
(d) Tragic

8. What does the narrator say he feels when he takes a few days off from his discussion with Ishmael in Chapter 8?
(a) Irritation
(b) Hope
(c) Depression
(d) Optimism

9. What method does the narrator say he would use, to deduce the laws of the group Ishmael describes in Chapter 7?
(a) Controlled experiments
(b) Close observation
(c) Interviews
(d) Library research

10. According to Ishmael, which is NOT a ‘trick’ the gods played on the Takers?
(a) Not exempting man from the laws that govern populations of animals and plants.
(b) Refusing to put the world in the center of the solar system and universe
(c) Neglecting to write down their laws for the benefit of men
(d) Failing to create man after a special fashion unique in nature

11. What is the literary term for the running comparison to aeronauts?
(a) Analogy
(b) Parody
(c) Parallel syntax
(d) Anaphora

12. Why does the narrator say he feels a particular feeling after taking a few days off from his discussion with the narrator in Chapter 8?
(a) Because he is confident that he can use his new knowledge to change things
(b) Because he is seeing clearly for the first time in his life
(c) Because he expects to be abandoned once he has finished Ishmael’s teachings
(d) Because he does not believe that he can change anything himself

13. How does the narrator continue his dialogue with Ishmael in a new setting in Chapter 10?
(a) He convinced the Sokolows to pay for a place for him
(b) He bribes Ishmael’s caretaker
(c) He apologizes until Ishmael relents
(d) He sneaks Ishmael out of the office building

14. What does Ishmael say the narrator needs to tell him in Chapter 8 before the dialogue can resume?
(a) What the law is that has been working from the beginning of time
(b) What the community is in which man is only one member among equals
(c) What the end result of the Takers’ civilization will be
(d) What he is willing to give up when the collapse comes

15. How does Ishmael characterize the gods in his description of their debates?
(a) As short-sighted people
(b) As wise men
(c) As troublemakers
(d) As squabblers

Short Answer Questions

1. What scenario does Ishmael describe in Chapter 7, which horrifies the narrator?

2. What does Ishmael say ‘Adam’ means?

3. Why does the narrator say that he understands why Ishmael asked him to define the laws himself?

4. What does Ishmael say a community lacks, when it has lost its diversity?

5. How does Ishmael describe the first farmers?

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