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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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
2. How does Ishmael characterize a community that does not live by the peace-keeping law?
(a) Ecologically fragile
(b) Extremely powerful
(c) Quick to collapse
(d) Uniquely valuable
3. What knowledge does Ishmael say the gods have that allows them to rule the world?
(a) Knowledge of life
(b) Knowledge of good and evil
(c) Knowledge of justice
(d) Knowledge of death
4. What scenario does Ishmael introduce to test the narrator’s ideas about his imaginary culture?
(a) A sick person
(b) An election
(c) A warmonger
(d) An execution
5. In Chapter 12, how does Ishmael say man became man?
(a) By following his intuitions
(b) By living in the hands of the gods
(c) By reassessing tradition every generation
(d) By taking his fate upon himself
6. What temptation does Ishmael say Adam succumbed to when he took the fruit from Eve in the Bible story?
(a) The temptation to have power over Eve
(b) The temptation to rule over men
(c) The temptation to have a glorious name
(d) The temptation to live without limit
7. What is the narrator’s first strategy for reconnecting to Ishmael in Chapter 10?
(a) Posting an ad
(b) Driving around looking
(c) Apologizing to him
(d) Finding Mrs. Sokolow
8. What does the narrator tell Ishmael he wants to know in Chapter 11?
(a) Where the Sokolows have been
(b) Why he decided to teach
(c) The Leavers’ story
(d) Where Ishmael’s other students are
9. How does Ishmael characterize the law the narrator is looking for?
(a) A culture-defining law
(b) A peace-keeping law
(c) The law that ensures justice
(d) An unspoken law
10. What does Ishmael say ‘Eve’ means?
11. What keeps the narrator from returning to Ishmael the next day, after discussing Adam and Eve?
(a) Resistance to Ishmael’s teaching
(b) Car trouble
(c) A visiting uncle
(d) His work
12. 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 men are demi-gods
(c) That time was running out for the world unless they could fix it
(d) That man can only return to nature through culture
13. 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 end result of the Takers’ civilization will be
(c) What he is willing to give up when the collapse comes
(d) What the community is in which man is only one member among equals
14. In Chapter 11, how does Ishmael define culture?
(a) As the things a people cannot give up without becoming someone else
(b) As the set of answers to a people’s most pressing questions
(c) As the total set of a people’s actions and words
(d) As the knowledge that is passed down generation to generation
15. 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 bring the benefits of civilization to more people than ever
(b) To establish one or two just civilizations
(c) To produce a paradise on earth
(d) To bring the world to its knees
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Ishmael say is the premise of the Leavers’ story?
2. What does Ishmael say ‘Adam’ means?
3. What does Ishmael say keeps nature in balance?
4. What does Ishmael say is ironic about the story the Takers adopted about two thousand years ago?
5. What emotion does the narrator say he sees in Ishmael’s eyes, as he realizes that this change has been made in Chapter 9?
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