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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. Who arrives as Harvey is almost asleep?

2. Why does Sharps decide to call Senator Jellison?

3. Why does Frank lay the motorcycles down?

4. Where is Harry when an earthquake hits?

5. What is included in Loretta's survival kit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Tim and Eileen find when they arrive at Tujunga and what is the implication?

2. Who seems to take Armitage's type of preaching to heart in this section and what does he do?

3. What does Harvey find when he finally makes it home?

4. Why are Frank, Mark and Joanne in the desert?

5. Who is Alim Nasser and how does he choose unwisely to face the situation about the comet strike?

6. How does Harry happen take up residence at a chicken ranch and do you think he has the right to do so?

7. Discuss how carefully Gordie plans his suicide.

8. Describe a couple of Harry's "appointed rounds" and an evaluation of this man.

9. What is one repercussion of the "gloom and doom" message preached by Henry Armitage and others?

10. Identify who you think are the protagonist(s), antagonist(s) and two or three secondary characters and why.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the Jellison ranch, the Senator holds court to judge guilt in offenses and mete out punishment. There is no jury or trial, merely one man hearing the evidence and then deciding guilt and punishment. Discuss the following:

Considering the situation, do you think the method that they use for adjudicating crime is fair? Why or why not?

Do you think it is fair to sentence Bonar to almost-certain death by leaving the community for his crime of hoarding? Why or why not?

What would you have done about the Bonar situation, especially in light of the children, who are not responsible for their father's breaking of the rules?

Do they have to be more stringent about the rules in these circumstances? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Senator Jellison has an assistant quietly go about gathering survival supplies, though his formal statement is that there's no reason to panic. Discuss the following:

Do you think it is moral for officials who have greater knowledge than the average citizen about a possible future disaster to keep that information from the public? Discuss in context of this story and any personal knowledge you have from "real" life.

How can the government warn citizens to prepare for a disaster of this magnitude without causing total panic and a dangerous situation just from the panic?

Do you trust your government when it comes to receiving warnings about possible natural and/or man-made disasters that may affect you? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

When Harvey comes home just after the comet begins striking the earth, he finds his wife and dog murdered and his house ransacked with the supplies he had carefully laid up for disaster stolen. He lies down and starts to go to sleep. Discuss the following:

Why do you think Harvey just lies down and goes to sleep?

What do you think would have happened had Joanne and Mark not arrived?

Why do you think some people react to survive in a crisis and others just give up and resign themselves to death?

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