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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Year Sixteen, what do Mary and Ralph decide to do?
2. While cruising through town, what does Ish see on the flashing neon sign that he equates to the progress and downfall of civilization?
3. What is the name of Ish and Em's second child?
4. What does Ish find when he arrives home after his trip to the east coast?
5. What event occurs during the Year of Woodcarving that has a very negative effect on Ish?
Short Essay Questions
1. What event at the end of Chapter 5 both frightens and saddens Ish?
2. 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?
3. Why does Ish decide that most of the items on his original list of survival characteristics are useless?
4. Where did the Tribe bury Charlie?
5. Would Ish like any man that the boys brought back? Why or why not?
6. 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?
7. Why does Jack think that some of the arrowhead materials are better than others?
8. What do you think of how Ish paid for the food he received from the family in Arkansas? Was it a fair exchange?
9. What is notable about how Ish acts on his trip home?
10. What difference does Em make in Ish's life? What would have happened to Ish if Em had not been there?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ish, as the main character, is constantly thinking about the benefits and deficiencies of the old civilization. As the story progresses, he notices how many things have changed, but not according to his plan. However, there are times he has to admit that the changes are positive. Based on Ish's thoughts and the author's italicized commentaries, do you think that the author views civilization as good, bad, or with both elements? What is your reasoning?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
As the book progresses, the author puts a number of subtle hints into the text about how things are changing. For instance, at the end of the book, immediately before Ish dies, a messenger comes to report that the tribe is going to move. Why did the author choose this point in the story for the tribe to move? Do you think they only moved because of the fire? What could the events surrounding this final scene symbolize?
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