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

Leo Marx
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Shakepeare's American Fable.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does an individual gain by passing through these three spatial stages?
(a) A middle ground between city and country.
(b) Legitimacy as an American.
(c) Maturity.
(d) A high ground in terms of religious experience.

3. What other American literature does Marx say exemplifies the three-stage theme he identified in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'?
(a) Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.
(b) Morrison's Beloved.
(c) Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
(d) Twain's Huckleberry Finn.

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

5. What does pastoral ideology conflict with, in Marx's account?
(a) Extractive industries.
(b) The reality of history.
(c) Industrial modernism.
(d) Urbanization.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do liberal thinkers say the sentimental pastoral ideal results in, according to Marx?

3. When was that work written, which Barlowe likely influenced--and which also influenced Shakespeare in its description of a pastoral paradise?

4. What associations were suggested by Marx's leading symbol of industrialism?

5. What did Hawthorne describe in the piece Marx analyzed?

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