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

2. What does Ishmael say happens to the Leavers that does not happen to the Takers?
(a) Their population shrinks
(b) They die when the gods say
(c) They evolve
(d) Their knowledge is jeopardized each generation

3. How does Ishmael say people think about prehistory, before the agricultural revolution?
(a) Idealistically
(b) Loathsome
(c) Appealing
(d) Intriguing

4. How long does it take the narrator to come up with the laws Ishmael asked him to define?
(a) Two weeks
(b) Four days
(c) Three days
(d) One day

5. What does the narrator find when he returns to the office building in Chapter 10 after several days away from Ishmael?
(a) Ishmael has been evicted
(b) Ishmael is sick
(c) Ishmael has died
(d) Ishmael will not talk to him

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ishmael characterize a community that does not live by the peace-keeping law?

2. Why does the narrator say that he understands why Ishmael asked him to define the laws himself?

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

4. What is the literary term for Ishmael’s saying that he is cold?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Where has Ishmael gone when the narrator shows up again at the office building, and how does the narrator reconnect with him?

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

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

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

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

9. What argument does the narrator offer for why the Takers’ culture is superior to the Leavers’?

10. What major change has taken place in the dialogue in Chapter 9, and what has brought this change about?

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