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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 is the office building like, where the narrator answers the newspaper ad?
(a) Gleaming, modern
(b) Run-down, seedy
(c) Classical, proud
(d) Ordinary

2. How does Ishmael characterize the notion that agriculture started in the Fertile Crescent?
(a) He says that it is an old hat
(b) He says that it is subject to much debate
(c) He says that it is undisputed
(d) He says that it has not been proved yet

3. What is the literary term that describes the narrator’s directly addressing the reader?
(a) Indirect discourse
(b) Apostrophe
(c) Personification
(d) Direct discourse

4. What does the narrator say the ad in Chapter 1 was looking for?
(a) Someone who wanted to change the world
(b) Someone who wanted to teach
(c) Someone who wanted to make an investment
(d) Someone who wanted to work with gorillas

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Ishmael say is the purpose of Mother Culture’s story?

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

4. When does Ishmael say that human history began?

5. Where does Ishmael say he was born?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ishmael say the narrator’s creation myth justifies?

2. What is the narrator’s reaction when he finally recognizes his creation myth as a myth?

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

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

5. What is the rival creation story Ishmael tells the narrator?

6. What is the narrator’s creation myth?

7. Why is the narrator so upset to see Ishmael’s ad in the paper?

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

9. Why does Walter Sokolow adopt Ishmael?

10. Describe the narrator’s first encounter with Ishmael.

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