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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Machine.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did the assault on American pastoralism begin, in Marx's account?
(a) 1780s.
(b) 1860s.
(c) 1840s.
(d) 1850s.

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

3. What was unique about American manufacturing, in Coxe's view?
(a) It presented enormous economic opportunities.
(b) The raw materials were limitless.
(c) The environment would keep it healthy.
(d) Markets were waiting for American goods.

4. What form of art had reached a peak in Thomas Jefferson's time?
(a) Landscape painting.
(b) Terza rima.
(c) Trompe l'oeil paintings.
(d) Homeric versa.

5. What did Beverly describe as the paradox of existence in the New World?
(a) Whites wanted peace with the natives, but took their land to start wars.
(b) Settlers wanted a paradise, but replicated their towns and government.
(c) Natives wanted progress, but then they hated themselves.
(d) Settlers brought progress, but the natives didn't want it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What economic consequence does the sentimental pastoral ideal engender?

2. What did Daniel Webster believe the railroad would do for America?

3. What possibility did Marx hear resonating from the Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer?

4. When did the pastoral idea become part of American culture?

5. What did Beverly describe changing in the New World as a result of European settlement?

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