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

2. What does Marx say Beverly felt about the New World, by the end of his history?
(a) Cautiously optimistic.
(b) Determined.
(c) Elated.
(d) Disappointed.

3. What was nature's role supposed to be in the nation's future, by Jefferson's time?
(a) Virgin territory was going absorb all the overflowing east-coast cities.
(b) Natural resources were going to be a source of wealth for generations.
(c) Agriculture was going to supply the nation's wealth.
(d) Wilderness was going to redeem the nation's soul.

4. What American literature does Marx say exemplifies the three-stage theme he identified in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'?
(a) Thoreau's Walden.
(b) James' Daisy Miller.
(c) Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
(d) Norris' The Octopus.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Arthur Barlowe describe America?

2. America was depicted as a paradise that was also what, in Marx's account?

3. What aspects of European civilization were the Virginia settlers glad to leave behind, in Beverly's history?

4. What does the end of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' demonstrate, in Marx's interpretation?

5. In what art does Marx see pastoral ideology contributing to a more realistic outcome for American society?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does the railroad symbolize the industrial intrusion into a pastoral idyll?

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

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

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

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

6. How did Jefferson change his view on industrialism?

7. What is the pastoral ideal?

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

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

10. Where has the pastoral ideal been apparent in American culture?

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