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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 tries to take Harry to town?

2. What are Charles Sharps and Dan Forrester doing?

3. What does Marie make them do?

4. What does Tim notice about his family?

5. Why does Sharps decide to call Senator Jellison?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Harvey and Gordie somewhat similar in their financial situations?

2. Define the literary term "comic relief" and give an example of it from this section.

3. What does it say about Tim and Eileen that they agree to take four of the children and about Larry who refuses to harm Tim and Eileen?

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

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

6. How is the comet likened to a hot fudge sundae and what is the consequence of that analogy?

7. What do Tim and Eileen do after leaving the observatory and what is your analysis of their actions?

8. What exchange between Barry and Delores seems to remove some pressure from Barry?

9. What happens when Tim and Eileen try to buy a car and what is the implication?

10. Why is the rain that is falling salty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tim and Eileen arrive at Tim's observatory to find several men - led by Marty Robbins - guarding with guns, refusing Tim admittance and saying generally that laws of ownership no longer exist. When Harry finds the Chicken Farm vacant and the owners deceased, he decides to take up residence there. Discuss the following:

Do you think the laws of ownership are impossible to maintain under this type of situation? Why or why not?

Is it moral to have kept Tim from his own property and thus increasing his vulnerability to being killed? Discuss.

Does it seem ethical for Harry to take up residence at the Chicken Farm? Why or why not?

If the United States government and State's governments are eventually established, who do you think should own a piece of property--the former owners or those who have commandeered the property?

Essay Topic 2

While they are discussing the plan for survival if the comet is to hit, there's some dissent over the issue. Jellison makes the point that the best course is to pool resources, so the entire community can survive. While Ray says that it sounds like communism, George says that it makes sense to join together. Discuss the following:

Do you agree with George that it makes sense to pool resources? Why or why not.

If you had laid in huge amounts of survival supplies and were asked to share in a community setting, would you be willing? What could a group offer you that you do not have yourself if you planned ahead?

What is the number one problem with trying to survive in small numbers, say at the family level?

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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