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

2. While Ish is traveling to the east coast, he kills an animal, eating its liver afterward. What kind of animal does Ish kill?
(a) Calf.
(b) Goat.
(c) Llama.
(d) Dog.

3. What does Ish start carrying with him for protection after meeting a pack of dogs in his hometown?
(a) A baseball bat.
(b) A hand-held radio.
(c) A firearm.
(d) A loud bullhorn.

4. In Year Five, the people create a "national pastime" out of avoiding 
what type of animal?
(a) Bulls.
(b) Lions.
(c) Hyenas.
(d) Dogs.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many children did Em have before the virus?

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

3. While driving home from Black Creek, what does Ish see on the side of the road?

4. In Year Sixteen, what do Mary and Ralph decide to do?

5. While living alone, what book does Ish begin reading that makes him uneasy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the older people treat Charlie?

3. Why do you think the group wouldn't allow Evie to have children?

4. 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?

5. Ish uses razors, and then throws them away, using a new one every day. Is this behavior a good idea or a bad idea? What doesthis say about Ish?

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

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

8. Jack tells Ish about how they have found great quantities of a certain object, all of which have different pictures. Can you name one of the people in the pictures?

9. Why does Ish worry so much about Evie's state?

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

(see the answer keys)

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