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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the book, Ish notices that, even though the rest of the city has burned, the university library is still intact. What is the significance of the library's survival?

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