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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. How does Ishmael say Takers regard the world?
(a) As a garden of provisions
(b) As an animal to be domesticated
(c) As life-support for human beings
(d) As a gift to be cherished

2. What does Ishmael say, in Chapter 5, is man’s purpose on the earth?
(a) To rule it
(b) To dream it
(c) To fulfill it
(d) To perfect it

3. What does Ishmael say he can offer the narrator in Chapter 3?
(a) A new perception of the world
(b) A set of practical tools for changing the world
(c) Access to mystical experience
(d) A network of people who resist culture

4. When does Ishmael say that human history began?
(a) 3 thousand years ago
(b) 300 thousand years ago
(c) 30 thousand years ago
(d) 3 million years ago

5. When does Ishmael say he was truly born?
(a) When he learned to read
(b) When he realized that he was a gorilla
(c) When he realized that he had a name
(d) When he realized that his name was not his

Short Answer Questions

1. What role does Ishmael say the Fertile Crescent plays in the narrator’s story?

2. What does Ishmael say the world was created for, in the narrator’s story in Chapter 4?

3. How does the narrator characterize the end of the 1960s?

4. How does the narrator characterize the 1960s?

5. In Chapter 6, Ishmael says that the narrator’s account of man’s progress stopped being applicable—how long ago?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Walter Sokolow adopt Ishmael?

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

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

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

5. How does Ishmael describe the difference between living in Africa and living in a zoo?

6. What is the narrator’s creation myth?

7. How does the narrator characterize the problems with the narrator’s culture?

8. Describe the man who takes Ishmael from the menagerie.

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

10. What does Ishmael say is his greatest fantasy?

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