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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 finds out Em is pregnant, what does he use to determine the end of the year?
(a) A dirty calendar.
(b) A surveyor's transit.
(c) A chronograph.
(d) A compass and a watch.

2. After Ish meets the family in Arkansas, the author talks about the fall of mankind. Who does the writer say will truly be saddened by the death of man?
(a) Any remaining people.
(b) Livestock.
(c) Lice.
(d) Housepets.

3. What can Joey do better than any of the other children?
(a) Fight.
(b) Draw.
(c) Read.
(d) Run.

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) The books he reads.
(c) Being an observer.
(d) Curiosity about his parents.

5. While scavenging for food in his hometown, what item of food does Ish find to be inedible because of mice and weevils?
(a) Sugar.
(b) Salt.
(c) Flour.
(d) Fruit.

Short Answer Questions

1. While Ish is traveling to the east coast, he kills an animal, eating its liver afterward. What kind of animal does Ish kill?

2. What type of animal begins to invade the city after Ish and Em find one another?

3. At the end of Chapter Two, Ish makes a list of the reasons he will survive better than many of the people he meets. Why does Ish believe he is better prepared to survive?

4. What does Em think of Princess?

5. What do the older members of the community notice that 
they think "pushes back the darkness" a little?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you react if you were in Ish's place when he finds out what happened?

2. Do Ish's own children think of Evie the same way that he does?

3. Are the other Tribe members as dedicated to education as Ish is? Why or why not?

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

5. Who gave Isherwood his name, and why?

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

7. Until he arrives at the desert, what are a few of the things Ish worries about the most?

8. To what famous couple could the author be comparing Em and Ish?

9. What is notable about how Ish acts on his trip home?

10. In Chapter 4, the author says this of Milt and Ann that they would "pay the penalty which in the history of the world, he knew, had always been inflicted upon organisms which specialized too highly." What do you think the author means by this statement? How has the author shown the same principle already in the text?

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