The Machine in the Garden; Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America Test | Mid-Book Test - Medium

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 does the end of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' demonstrate, in Marx's interpretation?
(a) Balance between men and women.
(b) Fairness in dividing territory.
(c) Balance between man and nature.
(d) Justice in righting old wrongs.

2. What literary work did Barlowe echo with his account of his travels?
(a) Paradise Lost.
(b) Paradise Regained.
(c) Arcadia.
(d) The Iliad.

3. What is the third stage of life that Marx describes through Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'?
(a) Return to home.
(b) Return to childhood.
(c) Return to the city.
(d) Return to nature.

4. What does Marx point out was formed as a result of the Revolutionary War?
(a) Corrupt government.
(b) An industrial capacity.
(c) Filthy cities.
(d) Opposition to expansion.

5. Who typically espouses the sentimental pastoral ideal?
(a) Politicians.
(b) Engineers.
(c) Industrialists.
(d) Urban planners.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Jefferson want to keep in Europe?

2. What does Marx say is unique about pastoralism in the industrial age in America?

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

4. What does Marx say Beverly felt about the New World, by the end of his history?

5. When did Robert Beverly write his history of Virginia?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Jefferson separate America and Europe in his Notes on Virginia?

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

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

4. How does Marx describe the value of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' in 'The Machine in the Garden'?

5. When did complex pastoral ideology begin to appear in American culture?

6. What is the sentimental pastoral ideal?

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

8. What characters does Marx cite as examples of people who have gone through those three stages?

9. What is the pastoral ideal?

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

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