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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 arrives in a certain city in the east, ending his trip to that side of the country, what impresses him the most about the city?
(a) Destruction.
(b) Filth.
(c) Size of the city.
(d) Quiet.

2. During Ish's trip to the east, he meets a small family in Arkansas. What are they doing?
(a) Raising animals and crops.
(b) Building a house.
(c) Traveling toward the coast.
(d) Trying to start a car.

3. What natural disaster occurs in Year Twenty?
(a) A flood.
(b) An earthquake.
(c) A landslide.
(d) A fire.

4. When Ish decides to take a cross-country trip, what is the reason he decides to go?
(a) To find a friend he hopes survived.
(b) To find other survivors.
(c) To find a safer place to live.
(d) To find his parents.

5. 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) Housepets.
(b) Any remaining people.
(c) Livestock.
(d) Lice.

Short Answer Questions

1. What animal do the children see for the first time in Year Nineteen?

2. During the Quick Years, one of Ish and Em's earliest children dies. What do the adults think is the cause?

3. What event affects the house of Ish's neighbor that Ish refuses to fix?

4. When Ish drives to a certain building after finding out Em is pregnant, 
how does he manage to get inside?

5. When Ish stays with the couple that he meets in the eastern city, he finds they will not leave. Why does Ish think they won't leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Ish different at the end of the book than he was at the start?

2. Who is the "leader" of the group? Why?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. Why is Ish so concerned about finding people who can "fix" civilization?

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. Has Ish lived a happier life in spite of, or because of, the disaster?

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