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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 a community lacks, when it has lost its diversity?
(a) Rigidity of roles
(b) A clear purpose
(c) Checks and balances
(d) Survival value
2. What explanation does the narrator ultimately give for why he wants to know a specific question in Chapter 11?
(a) He wants to stop thinking about what Ishmael has told him
(b) He wants to stop the destruction of the world
(c) He admits that he wants to discredit Ishmael by seeing the other side of his teachings
(d) He wants to publish Ishmael’s teachings
3. What event does Ishmael put at 8,000 B.C. on his timeline?
(a) The discovery of metallurgy
(b) The agricultural revolution
(c) The beginning of written culture
(d) The beginning of conquest-based warfare
4. What does Ishmael say ‘Eve’ means?
5. What kind of act does Ishmael say the agricultural revolution was?
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Ishmael say has been the result of the Takers’ interpretation of the law he and the narrator discuss in Chapter 8?
2. Where does the narrator reunite with Ishmael in Chapter 10?
3. How long does it take the narrator to come up with the laws Ishmael asked him to define?
4. What does the law Ishmael believes the narartor is looking for in Chapter 8 prevent?
5. What does Ishmael say keeps nature in balance?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the three tricks Ishmael says the gods played on the Takers?
2. How does Ishmael say the Takers explain their divergence from the peace-keeping law that has kept nature harmonious for three million years?
3. The narrator says that he wants to know the Leavers’ story so he can stop the destruction of the Takers’ story. Why does Ishmael say this is insufficient?
4. What does Ishmael say is the benefit of what he calls the peace-keeping law?
5. How does Ishmael characterize the work of competing for food in Taker culture?
6. How does Ishmael says man becomes man?
7. How does Ishmael characterize the experiment that is modern civilization?
8. Why does the narrator say that he is depressed when he does not see Ishmael for a few days?
9. What are the gods wary of, in letting Adam have the knowledge of good and evil?
10. What are the three things that Takers do that nothing else in nature does?
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