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. What was it that Jefferson described as a threat to the moral center of democracy?
(a) European military power.
(b) Industrialism.
(c) Corruption.
(d) Native Americans.

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

3. Which characters are engaged in the final struggle in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'?
(a) Gonzalo and Prospero.
(b) Ferdinand and Miranda.
(c) Gonzalo and Ferdinand.
(d) Miranda and Caliban.

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

5. What virtues would the Jeffersonian man strike a balance between?
(a) Poetry and technology.
(b) Literature and action.
(c) Urbaneness and wilderness.
(d) Nature and civility.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of lifestyle does Marx say Americans want?

2. What does pastoral ideology conflict with, in Marx's account?

3. What does Marx say is the leading image of industrialism?

4. What secondary plot does Marx see as important for his purposes?

5. What threat to the country's moral superiority had developed by Jefferson's time?

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