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Leo Marx
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the second reaction Marx describes to industrialism?
(a) Withdrawal from modernization.
(b) Conservationism.
(c) Environmentalism.
(d) Urban planning for green spaces.

2. Where was Hawthorne when he wrote the piece Marx analyzed?
(a) Norfolk, VA.
(b) Concord, MA.
(c) Providence, RI.
(d) Yosemite, CA.

3. What were the keys to the American landscape, in the views that were the opposite of Barlowe's?
(a) Development and expansion.
(b) Conservation and reservations.
(c) Generosity and sharing.
(d) Hard work and sacrifice.

4. 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) Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.
(c) Morrison's Beloved.
(d) Twain's Huckleberry Finn.

5. What were Beverly's sources for his history of Virginia?
(a) Nautical charts.
(b) The sea captains' log books.
(c) The settlers' notes and journals.
(d) The King's records.

Short Answer Questions

1. How were frontiersmen typically portrayed by easterners in Jefferson's time?

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

3. How was Hawthorne's description interrupted?

4. How do Americans express their sentimental pastoral ideal?

5. What was it that Jefferson described as a threat to the moral center of democracy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did colonists see America?

2. How does Shakespeare demonstrate the impossibility of the pastoral ideal?

3. What contradiction marks the early accounts of the New World, according to Marx?

4. What view typified the opposite of the bountiful-Edenic image of the New World?

5. What does Marx mean when he says that America offered a middle way for men?

6. What is the consequence of the pastoral ideal?

7. How did Shakespeare's characters describe the ideal society?

8. How does Marx describe the ambiguity of existence Beverly hit on?

9. How did Jefferson change his view on industrialism?

10. How did Jefferson describe the frontier in his Notes on Virginia?

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