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 Marx relate Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' to?
(a) Indigenous people.
(b) American colonization.
(c) Natural spirituality.
(d) Political intrigue.

2. What would Gonzalo's ideal be characterized by?
(a) No work.
(b) No disparity between rich and poor.
(c) No need for language.
(d) No government.

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

4. When did Robert Beverly write his history of Virginia?
(a) 1620.
(b) 1690.
(c) 1607.
(d) 1703.

5. How did Arthur Barlowe describe America?
(a) As a refuge from Europe.
(b) As a harsh land.
(c) As a tropical paradise.
(d) As a land of plenty.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do liberal thinkers say the sentimental pastoral ideal results in, according to Marx?

2. Where was Hawthorne when he wrote the piece Marx analyzed?

3. Why did Beverly feel as he did by the end of his work?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did colonists see America?

3. What is the sentimental pastoral ideal?

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

5. What ideal does the conclusion to Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' suggest, in Marx's interpretation?

6. What are the three spatial stages a person goes through in pastoral ideal?

7. How had Shakespeare learned about conditions in America?

8. How had the Enlightenment changed pastoral thought by the time of Jefferson?

9. When did the pastoral ideal become a part of American culture?

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

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