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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. What does Ishmael say is the premise of the narrator’s creation myth?
(a) That the world is made for man
(b) That the world is a mystery no one understands
(c) That man belongs in the midst, not on the top of the community of life
(d) That man is an exile in his consciousness

2. Why does the narrator say he answers the newspaper ad?
(a) To see who else shows up
(b) To be part of the crowd
(c) To see what he can learn
(d) To make sure that it is just a scam

3. In Chapter 5, how does the narrator characterize the world without man?
(a) Bloody jungle
(b) Post-apocalyptic dreamscape
(c) Paradise
(d) Raw material

4. What does the narrator find on the arm of his chair during his third dialogue with Ishmael?
(a) A tape recorder
(b) A notebook
(c) A camera
(d) An ax

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does the narrator recognize Ishmael in Chapter 1?

2. What is the story the narrator tells in Chapter 3?

3. What does the narrator answer when Ishmael asks him, in Chapter 5, what man’s destiny is?

4. In Chapter 5, what perspective does Ishmael say the narrator should look at the world from?

5. What terms do Ishmael’s terms ‘Takers’ and ‘Leavers’ correspond to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator’s culture’s reliance on prophets indicate to Ishmael?

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

3. How does Ishmael say that their discussion is like sightseeing?

4. What does the sign that the narrator notices behind the gorilla say, and what does the narrator interpret it to mean?

5. What is the ‘but’ Ishmael says is part of the narrator’s culture’s myth, and where does the ‘but’ come from?

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

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

8. What are the definitions Ishmael lays out for the narrator?

9. How does Ishmael say the Takers envision the earth?

10. What does Ishmael say is his greatest fantasy?

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