Earth Abides Test | 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. After Ish finds out Em is pregnant, what does he use to determine the end of the year?

2. Out of all the people Ish finds at first, which of these is the most friendly?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event at the end of Chapter 5 both frightens and saddens Ish?

2. Why does Ish worry so much about Evie's state?

3. 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?

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

5. Does Ish seem to treat Joey differently than everyone else? Why or why not?

6. Why does Ish run away from the column of smoke?

7. What realization makes Ish feel humble beside Em? What does he finally understand?

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

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

10. Why are Bob and Dick so eager to use a brick to smash the door instead of the hammer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, Ish is determined just to be the observer, someone who watches what becomes of civilization. How do you think this attitude affects the way things develop and his life in general? Do you think that he stays true to this decision throughout the entire story? Why or why not? Please supply evidence from the book for you answer.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, there are particular characters that Ish becomes much more attached to than others. For instance, Em, Princess, and Joey seem to be the most important to Ish, though he has many more children, and at one point, another wife. Why were these characters more important to Ish than the others? What could each character possibly symbolize?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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