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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. When Ish is older, he looks up one day while sitting on the hill and realizes that something is different. What is it?
(a) New houses have been built.
(b) His son's wife has twins.
(c) Ezra is gone.
(d) Josey is cooking him supper.

2. When Ish drives to a certain building after finding out Em is pregnant, 
how does he manage to get inside?
(a) He finds a door that was left ajar.
(b) He breaks in through a window.
(c) He finds an open window.
(d) He chops the door off its hinges.

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

4. When he is old, what does Ish see near the bay that he realizes has happened before in history?
(a) A ship pulling into the bay.
(b) The city burning.
(c) An eclipse.
(d) People digging for clams.

5. What vegetable does Ish grow in his garden in Year Two of the Quick Years?
(a) Zucchini.
(b) Lettuce.
(c) Rhubarb.
(d) Carrots.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. During the second Quick Years, what plant does the Tribe manage to grow?

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

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

5. Why is Ish worried about the couple he stays with in the eastern city?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Ezra do to test Charlie about his vest?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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