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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Em tell Ish not to worry about before she dies?



2. What does Ish become obsessed with doing while the city is being overrun by a certain kind of animal?



3. After Ish and Em come together, something happens that makes Ish panic, but Em turns it into a game. What happens?



4. On his way back to the city, Ish breaks into a fine home. What does he do while he is there?



5. When Ish decides to take a cross-country trip, what is the reason he decides to go?



Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Richard and Robert chosen for the expedition instead of the other men?



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



3. When visiting the library, what does Joey ask Ish about restoring? What does he see that causes him to ask the question?



4. How does the Tribe see Ish?



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



6. Who gave Isherwood his name, and why?



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



8. Why hasn't Ish ever noticed how beautiful Evie is?



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



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



Essay Topics

How is it significant that Ish said that he would never be a god, but in the end, he becomes a god to his people? Do you think Ish could have prevented this? What was it about his own behavior that caused Ish's life to turn out differently than he planned?

In the end, Ish's version of "civilization" didn't turn out the way he planned. Is it better that his personal vision wasn't realized, or do you think that it would have been better if he could have completely restored civilization? Why or why not?

In the first six chapters of the book, Ish notices that there are certain animals that cannot live without man, while there are others who seem to adapt after awhile. The author makes several comments about these animals throughout the remainder of the book. Do you think that the author is really, in a sense, talking about mankind? If so, what is he saying? If not, what point do you think the author is trying to emphasize?

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