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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. How does Ish first find out about the virus?

3. In Year Eleven, Molly is the first person to have this happen to her:

4. On his trip back to his hometown from the east coast, Ish has to drive a long way around something. What causes Ish to detour?

5. Where does Ish drive when he finds out Em is pregnant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Ish and Em have to refill in order to continue on their journey? How do they do this?

2. How would you react if you were in Ish's place when he finds out what happened?

3. What law does Ish believe needs to be in effect the next time any new people arrive in their area? Why?

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

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

6. Why does Ish decide that most of the items on his original list of survival characteristics are useless?

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

8. How does the Tribe see Ish?

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. Where did the Tribe bury Charlie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Ish feels personally responsible for the fate of civilization?

Essay Topic 2

When visiting the city where he meets Milt and Ann, Ish reflects that Americans think it is the center of the world. He thinks about what happened to everyone there, and to the world at large, and he thinks of the phrase, "Falls Rome, falls the world." Why do you think Ish is making a comparison between Rome and the city? What does this comparison mean?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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