Earth Abides Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is Ish so concerned about finding people who can "fix" civilization?

Ish is concerned about finding others who can fix civilization because it is very difficult for some people to deal with change, and maybe he is just looking for something familiar.

2. Is it significant that the author shows all the dependent animals dying first? If so, how is it significant?

Yes, it is significant that the author shows all the dependent animals dying first, because he is demonstrating how anyone or anything that is too dependent or pampered will not survive a difficult situation.

3. Does Ish put too much emphasis on above-average intelligence instead of other qualities?

Ish does put too much emphasis on above-average intelligence. He keeps looking for people who are like him, and thinks that only the overly smart people can be useful.

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