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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 method does the narrator say he would use, to deduce the laws of the group Ishmael describes in Chapter 7?
(a) Controlled experiments
(b) Interviews
(c) Close observation
(d) Library research

2. What does the narrator say is the first thing that the Takers do that no one else in nature does?
(a) Exterminate competitors
(b) Execute murderers
(c) Rationalize their murder
(d) Claim territory for themselves

3. When does Ishmael say the Take population will contract?
(a) When it runs out of natural resources
(b) When the population bomb explodes
(c) When the populace outstrips its food supply
(d) When the earth rebels

4. For whose benefit does Ishmael say the Leavers accumulate and preserve knowledge?
(a) The community of life
(b) Themselves
(c) Their food supply
(d) The creatures they are responsible for

5. What does the narrator say, in Chapter 7, Mother Culture says about humanity’s relation to nature’s laws?
(a) That they can never be broken
(b) That there is always a price for breaking them
(c) That they do not apply to man
(d) That wise men and criminals can get away with breaking them, but the general populace cannot

Short Answer Questions

1. Why has the change in Chapter 9 come about?

2. Where does the narrator reunite with Ishmael in Chapter 10?

3. How does Ishmael propose, in Chapter 7, to learn how they can find out for themselves how to live?

4. What does Ishmael say the peace-keeping law promotes?

5. What does Ishmael say ‘Eve’ means?

Short Essay Questions

1. What objection does Ishmael make to the narrator’s questions at the beginning of Chapter 11?

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

3. How does Ishmael characterize the experiment that is modern civilization?

4. How does Ishmael characterize the work of competing for food in Taker culture?

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

6. What does the narrator say is the consequence of the Takers’ culture?

7. What are the three tricks Ishmael says the gods played on the Takers?

8. How do Ishmael and the narrator say that culture changed when the agricultural revolution took place?

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

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

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