The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Quiz | One Week Quiz A

Leo Marx
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Two Kingdoms of Force.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the consequence of knowing nature, according to Twain's work?
(a) Losing familiarity with the whole.
(b) Knowing the wild spirit of nature.
(c) Knowing the deep inter-connectedness of things.
(d) Feeling free of society.

2. What threat to the country's moral superiority had developed by Jefferson's time?
(a) The end of slavery.
(b) Slavery.
(c) Enclosure laws.
(d) Public transit.

3. What does the end of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' demonstrate, in Marx's interpretation?
(a) Fairness in dividing territory.
(b) Justice in righting old wrongs.
(c) Balance between man and nature.
(d) Balance between men and women.

4. What possibility did Marx hear resonating from the Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer?
(a) The promise that a man can change his life.
(b) The promise that nature can be civilized without being corrupted.
(c) The promise that the wilderness can be domesticated.
(d) The promise that the city can be redeemed by the country.

5. What symbolic statement does Marx say Twain made in the raft being destroyed in Huckleberry Finn?
(a) Hiding from society is impossible.
(b) Fleeing from the law is dangerous.
(c) Technology has progressed beyond steamboats.
(d) Man is alone in the river of life.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the new world fail to offer newcomers, in typical accounts?

2. How does Marx characterize Prospero and members of the court?

3. What aspects of European civilization were the Virginia settlers glad to leave behind, in Beverly's history?

4. What does an individual gain by passing through these three spatial stages?

5. What would people live on, in Gonzalo's ideal world?

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