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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 Tarzan keep telling Clayton to do about the lion?

2. What does Tarzan first offer Clayton to eat in Chapter 14?

3. What is stolen from the Greystokes’ cabin?

4. Why does Tarzan remain king when he does not want to be king?

5. What does Tarzan take after a Dum-Dum circle from a dead enemy ape?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tarzan see in Chapter 13 when he returns to the cabin from getting clothing?

2. What does Lord Greystoke witness on the ship and what does Black Michael say is to be his fate?

3. How does Tarzan save Clayton’s life two times in Chapter 14?

4. Why is Lord Greystoke in Africa and what kind of man does the narrator say he is?

5. How does Kerchak get his hands on a rifle and what does he do with it?

6. How does Tarzan learn to read and write and at what age does he read the child’s primer?

7. What is Lord Greystoke told by a crew member and what does he do with this information?

8. How does Kala die and what does Tarzan do about her death?

9. How and why does Tarzan kill Tublet?

10. In Chapter 3, what happens when the ship reaches land and what do the Greystokes do immediately?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When asked why Burroughs wrote the Tarzan series about a “noble savage” he said: Of course the primary motive of a story like Tarzan of the Apes is to entertain, yet in writing this and other stories I have been considerably influenced by the hope that they might carry a beneficial suggestion of the value of physical perfection and morality. Discuss what you think Burroughs means by the above quote. Do you think Tarzan fulfills Burroughs’ vision for Tarzan? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character.

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Tarzan of the Apes help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Tarzan of the Apes? Why or why not. Use examples from Tarzan of the Apes and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Burroughs creates improbable stories and makes them seem real. One of his great techniques for doing this is the detail of language, social behavior and traditions in an imaginary society. Discuss how each of these techniques makes the ape tribe where Tarzan is raised seem real. Use examples from the book to support your response.

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