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 does the narrator say, in Chapter 8, he would be looking for?

2. When does Ishmael say the event he put at 8,000 B.C. on his timeline ended?

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

4. What does Ishmael say ‘Eve’ means?

5. What method does the narrator say he would use, to deduce the laws of the group Ishmael describes in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. What argument does the narrator offer for why the Takers’ culture is superior to the Leavers’?

2. What major change has taken place in the dialogue in Chapter 9, and what has brought this change about?

3. What is man’s role and responsibility as Ishmael describes it from the Leavers’ perspective?

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

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

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

7. Why does the narrator say that he is depressed when he does not see Ishmael for a few days?

8. How does Ishmael say the Takers are fulfilling the story in which creation came to an end with them?

9. What does the narrator say he would do to figure out the fundamental law of the community Ishmael describes?

10. What does the narrator say is the consequence of the Takers’ culture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do you think times have changed since Daniel Quinn published Ishmael in 1992? Is Ishmael’s story still applicable? Have Ishmael’s teachings been learned anywhere? Where are people advocating Ishmael’s views, and what influence are they having?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Would you recommend Ishmael? For what purposes would you recommend Ishmael, and what kinds of readers would you recommend it for? What other book would you recommend that would cover the same material or tell the same story in a different way?

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