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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose voice does Ishmael say the narrator is lulled by?
(a) Mother Culture
(b) Mother Nature
(c) God the Father
(d) Father Time

2. What does the narrator say grew where his idealism had died?
(a) A sense of dread
(b) A tumor
(c) A scar
(d) A sense of rage

3. What is the narrator’s reaction when he hears the rival creation story Ishmael tells in Chapter 4?
(a) He sees the point immediately
(b) He is amused
(c) He does not understand it
(d) He is furious

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

5. What does the narrator say, in Chapter 6, is the problem with his culture’s story?
(a) The narrator says that conquering the earth has provided freedoms that are worth the earth’s destruction.
(b) The narrator says that conquering the earth has meant destroying it
(c) The narrator says that technology has sped up the destruction of the earth so much that no one can stop it
(d) The narrator says that there has been a strong conservation movement, opposing industrial progress

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Ishmael say he was truly born?

2. How long ago did the Takers’ story come into existence?

3. What does Ishmael say man’s importance must be, in the eyes of the gods, in the narrator’s creation myth?

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

5. How does the narrator say, in Chapter 4, that he got himself to see the middle of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Ishmael and the narrator see the Takers as similar to early aeronauts?

2. What is the narrator’s creation myth?

3. What does Ishmael say the Takers’ relationship to the Community of Life is?

4. What was the consequence of agriculture in the narrator’s account?

5. What does Ishmael say man’s purpose is, in the narrator’s creation myth?

6. Why does Ishmael provide the narrator with a tape recorder?

7. What is the premise that is being played out in the narrator’s creation myth, according to Ishmael?

8. Why does Walter Sokolow adopt Ishmael?

9. What does Ishmael say is his greatest fantasy?

10. What correlation does Ishmael draw between Nazi Germany and the narrator’s culture?

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