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The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Multiple Choice Test

Leo Marx
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1. When did the pastoral idea become part of American culture?
(a) At the Revolution.
(b) At the Industrial Revolution.
(c) During the French Revolution.
(d) At colonization.

2. What did colonists find in America?
(a) Infrastructure they could usurp from the natives.
(b) Virgin land.
(c) A desert they could transform into a garden.
(d) Civilized people they could convert to Christianity.

3. What is the heart of the pastoral ideal?
(a) To live in the lap of nature.
(b) To live out a primitive existence.
(c) To turn nature into an industrial resource.
(d) To transform nature into an ordered place.

4. What does Marx say is the 'sentimental' pastoral ideal?
(a) Harnessing natural resources.
(b) The savages' harmony with nature.
(c) Domesticating wild things.
(d) Green, rural lifestyle.

5. Who typically espouses the sentimental pastoral ideal?
(a) Industrialists.
(b) Engineers.
(c) Urban planners.
(d) Politicians.

6. What is a consequence of the sentimental pastoral ideal?
(a) Exploitation of resources.
(b) Relocation to the suburbs.
(c) Urbanization.
(d) Rail trails.

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