The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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 turn nature into an industrial resource.
(b) To transform nature into an ordered place.
(c) To live out a primitive existence.
(d) To live in the lap of nature.

2. What would people live on, in Gonzalo's ideal world?
(a) Natives' produce.
(b) Money from exports.
(c) Nature's bounty.
(d) Imported grain.

3. What does Marx say is the central theme of pastoral literature?
(a) The desire to merge with nature.
(b) The imperative to transform nature.
(c) The interruption of woodland peace.
(d) The futility of fighting nature.

4. What American literature does Marx say exemplifies the three-stage theme he identified in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'?
(a) Thoreau's Walden.
(b) Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
(c) James' Daisy Miller.
(d) Norris' The Octopus.

5. What do Americans abandon when they are under the influence of the sentimental pastoral ideal?
(a) Urban areas.
(b) Urban parks.
(c) Small towns.
(d) Outdated buildings.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the end of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' demonstrate, in Marx's interpretation?

2. What was the opposite of Barlowe's experience in his travels?

3. What did colonists find in America?

4. What sources does Marx suppose Shakespeare read for 'The Tempest'?

5. How have liberal thinkers portrayed the sentimental pastoral ideal, in Marx's account?

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