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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. 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.

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

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

4. While exploring the city, Ish meets a drunkard. What is the man's name?
(a) Barlow.
(b) Robert.
(c) Asher.
(d) Ben.

5. When Ish is older, the young men ask him questions. What do they do if Ish doesn't give them an answer quickly enough?
(a) They go to someone else.
(b) They don't feed him.
(c) They yell at him.
(d) They pinch him.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ish think the books in the library are important?

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

3. Why do Ish and Ezra decide not to carve the year into the rock in Year Forty-three?

4. Who does Ish meet when he is loading up his station wagon for his cross-country trip?

5. After all the other original Tribe members die, what does Ezra compare the tribe to when he is talking to Ish on the hill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was different about the bodies that Ish saw in the dry, Arizona town?

2. After the over-population of a certain animal, Ish notices that the larger ones of the species start killing one another off. He decides that the animals are not doing this out of hunger. What does he believe is the real reason?

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

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

5. Why do the young men, though they have probably suffered, have less lines in their faces than someone in the old civilization would have had?

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

7. 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?

8. What is one good reason why the Tribe should merge with the other tribe?

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

10. How is it significant that many of the people do not sleep in the same location that Ish does?

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