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 Ishmael say mankind’s flaw is?

2. What does the narrator say his relationship with Nazi Germany is?

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

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

5. What does Ishmael say he can offer the narrator in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What correlation does Ishmael draw between Nazi Germany and the narrator’s culture?

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

3. How does Ishmael characterize the earth before the development of human culture?

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

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

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

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

8. What does Ishmael say is his greatest fantasy?

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

10. What is the narrator’s reaction when he finally recognizes his creation myth as a myth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Use this book as a meditation on the value of a five-star rating system. Is a five-star system sufficient to a book like this? Would you need to have sub-topics for the rating system, for plot, characterization, language, etc? What other sub-topics would you need? What value or importance gets lost in a five-star scale? Design a scale that would be better for this book.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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