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. What distinction does Ishmael point out between Leaver and Taker cultures?

2. How does Ishmael say the followers of Copernicus convinced people to change their view of heliocentrism?

3. What end does Ishmael say he foresees for the Takers’ culture?

4. How long ago did the Leavers’ story come into existence?

5. How does the narrator characterize the end of the 1960s?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the consequence of agriculture in the narrator’s account?

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

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

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

5. Why is the narrator so upset to see Ishmael’s ad in the paper?

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

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

8. How do Ishmael and the narrator see the Takers as similar to early aeronauts?

9. How does Ishmael describe the difference between living in Africa and living in a zoo?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate your own reading of Ishmael—did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 3

What kind of compromise is possible between people who see things Ishmael’s way, and people who exemplify ‘Taker’ culture? Is compromise possible?

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