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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 the narrator continue his dialogue with Ishmael in a new setting in Chapter 10?
(a) He apologizes until Ishmael relents
(b) He sneaks Ishmael out of the office building
(c) He bribes Ishmael’s caretaker
(d) He convinced the Sokolows to pay for a place for him

2. What does Ishmael say the peace-keeping law promotes?
(a) Consolidation of power
(b) Diversity
(c) Civilization
(d) Longevity

3. What new name for the Takers do Ishmael and the narrator arrive at in their discussion in Chapter 12?
(a) Those who live in the gods’ hands
(b) Those who invent themselves
(c) Those who know good and evil
(d) Those who follow the old ways

4. What scenario does Ishmael describe in Chapter 7, which horrifies the narrator?
(a) A city where every plant and tree is ordered
(b) A city where the neighbors eat each other
(c) A jungle where the animals have committee meetings
(d) The meetings of the gods, where the gods do nothing but bicker

5. What does Ishmael say is ironic about the story the Takers adopted about two thousand years ago?
(a) The story did not originally have anything to do with them
(b) It had been created by their enemies
(c) It did not represent their beliefs
(d) It had started as a joke

Short Answer Questions

1. What knowledge do the gods discover that allows them to rule the world without being criminals or negligent?

2. What does Ishmael say ‘Eve’ means?

3. What is the second thing that the narrator says the Takers do, which is not done in nature?

4. What keeps the narrator from returning to Ishmael the next day, after discussing Adam and Eve?

5. Why does the narrator say he feels a particular feeling after taking a few days off from his discussion with the narrator in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ishmael say the Takers explain their divergence from the peace-keeping law that has kept nature harmonious for three million years?

2. What is man’s role and responsibility as Ishmael describes it from the Leavers’ perspective?

3. How does Ishmael characterize the debate among the gods about an equitable way to take care of the animals?

4. What does the narrator say he would do to figure out the fundamental law of the community Ishmael describes?

5. What does Ishmael say is the benefit of what he calls the peace-keeping law?

6. What does the narrator say is his chief objection to the Leavers’ lifestyle?

7. What do Ishmael and the narrator agree on for a definition of ‘culture’?

8. What keeps the narrator from returning to the office building for a few days?

9. Describe the narrator’s negotiations with Art Owens.

10. Why does the narrator say that he is depressed when he does not see Ishmael for a few days?

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