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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. To what class did Spencer assign the sphinx?
2. How did Spencer describe the compulsion he had to work on the fawn-child?
3. What happened to those who could not answer the riddle of a sphinx?
4. When was Spencer’s Codex published?
5. When did Spencer build and design a miraculous cabinet of curiosities—taxidermied replicas of mythological creatures?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was Spencer arrested in Marris County, New York?
2. How was Spencer’s paper on the fawn-child received?
3. How did Spencer get the fawn-child and what did he do with it?
4. Why did Spencer have to leave the World’s Columbian Exposition early?
5. What procedure did Spencer follow to dissect the fawn-child?
6. What did Spencer decide to do for a living after he could no longer work at the academy?
7. What was the first creature that Spencer created for his show?
8. In Chapter 5, how did Spencer describe Alphonse’s growth?
9. What was believed about sirens or mermaids?
10. What happened in Budapest in 1901?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Codex was an anatomical reference manual. How did this manual differ from other manuals of the time? What was the opinion of most scientists about the contents of the book?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 6, Spencer faced ridicule and rejection after he tried to publish a paper about the fawn-child. What was the main thesis of his paper? What did some in the medical community say about the contents of the paper? Why did he have to find a new job?
Essay Topic 3
The book is a novel, but reads like a biography. What style did the author use to make the book seem real? What facts are scattered throughout the novel? How do these facts make the book seem more like a biography than a novel?
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