A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters - Chapters 1-2 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter one opens with the preparation of Noah's Ark. The behemoths, along with the hippos, rhinos and elephants are being used for ballast. It makes sense considering their size but no one gave much thought to the smell and to the extensive mucking out that would have to be done. Since there was no one to do the job, it was left to the crew.

The narrator makes it clear that the real Noah's Ark was nothing like the illustrations often seen in children's books. The trip itself was long and dangerous even though some things had been set in place from the beginning. While there were precautions to be taken, such as keeping certain animals apart, there were not as many precautions taken with the humans. The people were chosen to be on the Ark and oftentimes that gave way...

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