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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. After Ish and Em come together, something happens that makes Ish panic, but Em turns it into a game. What happens?
(a) Em trips and hurts herself.
(b) The car won't start.
(c) Ish loses his watch.
(d) Princess disappears.

2. What does Ish notice is peculiar about one of the towns he visits on his drive home from Black Creek?
(a) His car is making a strange noise.
(b) People are hiding in the courthouse.
(c) An unfriendly, dirty man is yellilng at him.
(d) All the people are gone.

3. In Year Nine, (The Year of the Deaths) what causes almost everyone to
 become ill?
(a) Rotten food.
(b) Contaminated water.
(c) A rat infestation.
(d) A visitor.

4. After all the other original Tribe members die, what does Ezra compare the tribe to when he is talking to Ish on the hill?
(a) A river.
(b) A bird's flight.
(c) A passing year.
(d) A child.

5. How does Ish find Em?
(a) Following a handwritten sign on a post.
(b) Following a light.
(c) Following her through the streets.
(d) Following a map.

Short Answer Questions

1. While driving through the Mojave desert, why does Ish stop his car in the middle?

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

3. When Ish is older, the young men ask him questions. What do they do if Ish doesn't give them an answer quickly enough?

4. What event occurs during the Year of Woodcarving that has a very
 negative effect on Ish?

5. While exploring the city, Ish meets a drunkard. What is the man's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is it significant that Ish has not passed on the tradition of carving the year into the rock? What effect may this have later?

2. Why are Richard and Robert chosen for the expedition instead of the other men?

3. Why does Ish start walking with a limp?

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

5. What is the author trying to illustrate when he shows how the young men treat Ish if he doesn't answer questions?

6. Why does Em start crying when she tells Ish about her pregnancy?

7. What does the author mean when he talks about certain crops and mankind being interdependent? Is he trying to make a larger statement?

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

9. Why are Bob and Dick so eager to use a brick to smash the door instead of the hammer?

10. Where did the Tribe bury Charlie?

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