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 law Ishmael believes the narartor is looking for in Chapter 8 prevent?

2. What subsequent interruption kept the narrator from returning for another few days in Chapter 10?

3. What does the narrator find when he returns to the office building in Chapter 10 after several days away from Ishmael?

4. What item does the narrator bring Ishmael at the carnival?

5. What does the narrator say he feels when he takes a few days off from his discussion with Ishmael in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reading does Ishmael give the Bible story of Cain and Abel?

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

3. The narrator says that he wants to know the Leavers’ story so he can stop the destruction of the Takers’ story. Why does Ishmael say this is insufficient?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What keeps the narrator from returning to the office building for a few days?

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 missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 2

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Who is the audience for Ishmael? What is the ideal reader for Ishmael likely to think about the book’s main topics? How does this book try to affect the reader? What is it trying to teach him or her, or get him or her to do?

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