Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit Test | Final 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 new name for the Leavers do Ishmael and the narrator arrive at in their discussion in Chapter 12?

2. What does Ishmael say has been the result of the Takers’ interpretation of the law he and the narrator discuss in Chapter 8?

3. When does Ishmael say the Take population will contract?

4. How does Ishmael characterize the gods in his description of their debates?

5. Why does the narrator have a hard time agreeing to Art Owens’ demands?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the three tricks Ishmael says the gods played on the Takers?

2. What objection does Ishmael make to the narrator’s questions at the beginning of Chapter 11?

3. What surprising behavior does Ishmael describe for the narrator in an imaginary hospitable city?

4. What does Ishmael say is the benefit of what he calls the peace-keeping law?

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

6. How does Ishmael says man becomes man?

7. Describe the narrator’s negotiations with Art Owens.

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

9. What do Ishmael and the narrator agree on for a definition of ‘culture’?

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

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

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

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.

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