Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the narrator say the conquest narrative in Chapter 6 ends?

2. Why does the narrator say he reacts so violently to the ad in Chapter 1?

3. What does Ishmael say, in Chapter 2, about the path he will take the narrator on?

4. In Chapter 4, how does the narrator say men used to live before they became men?

5. What does Ishmael say is the pinnacle of the story the narrator tells in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the ‘but’ Ishmael says is part of the narrator’s culture’s myth, and where does the ‘but’ come from?

2. Describe the man who takes Ishmael from the menagerie.

3. What does Ishmael say man’s purpose is, in the narrator’s creation myth?

4. What does Ishmael say will be the result, once the narrator learns to hear Mother Culture’s voice?

5. How does the narrator characterize the problems with the narrator’s culture?

6. How does Ishmael say that their discussion is like sightseeing?

7. Why does Walter Sokolow adopt Ishmael?

8. What does Ishmael say is his greatest fantasy?

9. How does Ishmael say the Takers envision the earth?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of Judaism and Christianity in Ishmael? What is the importance of Walter Sokolow’s Jewishness? What is the role of the narrator’s religion? Ishmael’s?

Essay Topic 2

Aside from the dialogue they conduct, Ishmael and the narrator seem to have a tense, and sometimes adversarial relationship. What is the role of their personal relationship in the novel, and how does it affect the narrator’s developing understanding of Ishmael’s teachings?

Essay Topic 3

Who is the audience for Ishmael? What is the ideal reader for Ishmael likely to think about the book’s main topics? How does this book try to affect the reader? What is it trying to teach him or her, or get him or her to do?

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