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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 Em think of Princess?
(a) That she needs to stay somewhere else.
(b) That she is beautiful.
(c) She can't stand her.
(d) She wants to keep her for herself.

2. On his trip back to his hometown from the east coast, Ish has to drive a long way around something. What causes Ish to detour?
(a) A flooded road.
(b) Massive wildfires.
(c) A broken bridge.
(d) A man with a rifle.

3. While Ish is alone in his house and pondering civilization, what does he decide he will never be?
(a) A survivor.
(b) A murderer.
(c) A leader.
(d) A god.

4. At one point, Ish considers suicide, but there is one particular reason he decides not to kill himself. What gives Ish the will to live?
(a) The fear of death.
(b) Being an observer.
(c) Curiosity about his parents.
(d) The books he reads.

5. During Ish's trip to the east, he meets a small family in Arkansas. What are they doing?
(a) Trying to start a car.
(b) Traveling toward the coast.
(c) Building a house.
(d) Raising animals and crops.

Short Answer Questions

1. While exploring the city, Ish finds a body hanging from a telephone pole. What does the sign say that is attached to the body?

2. When Ish decides to take a cross-country trip, what is the reason he decides to go?

3. Why does Em move to Ish's house?

4. In Year Five, the people create a "national pastime" out of avoiding 
what type of animal?

5. In the beginning, how does Ish go about finding other people?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What difference does Em make in Ish's life? What would have happened to Ish if Em had not been there?

3. How is Ish different at the end of the book than he was at the start?

4. What purpose do funeral rites serve, according to the author?

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

6. Has Ish changed over the years? Why?

7. Does Ish seem to treat Joey differently than everyone else? Why or why not?

8. Why does Jack think that some of the arrowhead materials are better than others?

9. Has following Ish thorough the different stages of his life given you a better understanding of why elderly people like to just sit and talk? Why?

10. Why does Ish decide that most of the items on his original list of survival characteristics are useless?

(see the answer keys)

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