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

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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 did Beverly describe changing in the New World as a result of European settlement?
(a) Beverly saw the whites corrupt the natives.
(b) Beverly saw human nature become greedy when resources were cheap.
(c) Beverly saw the whites corrupt the natives.
(d) Beverly saw the natives learn to want drink and escapism as a result of contact with settlers.

2. What is the first stage of life that Marx describes through Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'?
(a) Return to nature.
(b) Life in religion.
(c) Life in nature.
(d) Life in the city.

3. What feeling characterized the beginning of Mark Twain's writing career?
(a) Nostalgia for the old days on the Mississippi.
(b) Fear about the consequences of the railroad.
(c) Optimism about industrial expansion into the midwest.
(d) Lamentation about the death of Indian cultures.

4. What was nature's role supposed to be in the nation's future, by Jefferson's time?
(a) Agriculture was going to supply the nation's wealth.
(b) Natural resources were going to be a source of wealth for generations.
(c) Wilderness was going to redeem the nation's soul.
(d) Virgin territory was going absorb all the overflowing east-coast cities.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was Jefferson's ideal of equality democracy founded on?

3. What part of 'The Tempest' held special interest for Marx?

4. When was man supposed to return to nature, in Thoreau's vision?

5. How had the Enlightenment changed pastoral thought, in Marx's account?

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