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. In Chapter 3, how does Ishmael tell the narrator to think, when he tries to get him to see the myth of his culture?

2. Why does the narrator say he answers the newspaper ad?

3. What does Ishmael elicit from the narrator in Chapter 4 regarding his creation myth?

4. Upon answering the ad, what does the narrator say he finds in the room when he goes in?

5. How does Ishmael respond when the narrator says that he does not believe that he is part of a story?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ishmael say Hitler captivated the German people?

2. What turning point does the narrator describe in his story of his culture’s history?

3. What is the premise that is being played out in the narrator’s creation myth, according to Ishmael?

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

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

6. How does the narrator react when Ishmael finally gets him to see that his culture’s narrative is just a myth—and what is the significance of the narrator’s response?

7. What does the sign that the narrator notices behind the gorilla say, and what does the narrator interpret it to mean?

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

9. What are the definitions Ishmael lays out for the narrator?

10. Describe the narrator’s first encounter with Ishmael.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the outcome of the dialogue between Ishmael and the narrator? What influence has the book had on American or western culture? What influence does it have in your reading? How might this book change the story you are enacting?

Essay Topic 2

In what ways is Ishmael relevant to contemporary readers? What contemporary issues are in play in the book, and how would the book contribute to contemporary discussion? Cite specific discussions from contemporary sources, and cite specific instances from the book that describe its contemporary relevance.

Essay Topic 3

Is Ishmael an attack on Judaic-Christian culture, a call for reform, or something else? Use examples from the text, in addition to your knowledge of Judaic and Christian culture.

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