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

Leo Marx
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Garden.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What part of 'The Tempest' held special interest for Marx?
(a) The portrait of an unspoiled landscape invaded by Europeans.
(b) The portrait of indecision about taking the throne.
(c) The portrait of men who gain power by disposing of natural resources.
(d) The portrait of love's frailty against political power.

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

5. What does Marx say is unique about pastoralism in the industrial age in America?
(a) People stopped living on farms in the late 1700s.
(b) The railroad blurred the boundary between city and country.
(c) Southern plantations were the first farms to perform agriculture on an industrial scale.
(d) People began to be able to visit the country from the city.

Short Answer Questions

1. What virtues would the Jeffersonian man strike a balance between?

2. What is the first stage of life that Marx describes through Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'?

3. What other American literature does Marx say exemplifies the three-stage theme he identified in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'?

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

5. What does Marx relate Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' to?

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