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

2. While scavenging for food in his hometown, what item of food does Ish find to be inedible because of mice and weevils?

3. When Ish drives to a certain building after finding out Em is pregnant, 
how does he manage to get inside?

4. In the beginning, how does Ish go about finding other people?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Has Ish changed over the years? Why?

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

3. How does the Tribe see Ish?

4. Why does Ish start walking with a limp?

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

6. Why do Ish's feelings about the execution seem to be very different than the feelings of the others?

7. 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?

8. What tradition does Em begin when they carve the year into the rock?

9. Who does Ish think is his last companion?

10. Why does Em start crying when she tells Ish about her pregnancy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point, Ish realizes that the children have come to view him as a sort of deity, and that they attach a superstitious meaning to his hammer. Was Ish truly interested in preventing his deification? What effects will his teaching on these subjects, or lack of teaching, have on future generations and the development of civilization?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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