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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 was following the narrator and his companions on the day the novel begins?

2. What do the people need in the story the narrator tells in Chapter 1?

3. When Eusa finds a stag, why won't it run from him in the written Eusa story?

4. In the official Eusa story, who does Eusa take with him when searches for what Mr. Clevver wants?

5. Why was everyone left hanging when Riddley did his first connexion?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the Goodparley/Orfing show, what do people do?

2. In the written Eusa story, what was life like when Mr. Clevver was Big Man of Inland?

3. What was the second thing that happened after Brooder died?

4. Goodparley and Orfing show up at Widders Dump to do a show. What does Riddley say about these men?

5. Describe what happens in the story, "Hart of the Wood" that Riddley tells.

6. After Riddley's father dies, what do Riddley and the other men hear coming from Widders Dump?

7. Why are the children playing Black Pack at the beginning of Chapter 3?

8. Describe Riddley's first connexion.

9. Why does Orfing call Eusa back after Eusa says the show is done?

10. What is the song that is sung at Brooder's cremation and what does it mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, things often happen in threes. Write about different times when things happen in threes. What is the significance of the number three? Are the groups of three things always bad, a mixture of good and bad, or always good?

Essay Topic 2

When Riddley releases Lissener from the hole, Lissener relates the children's game Fools Circle 9wys to himself. What is Lissener's title? What does the children's game Fools Circel 9wys have to do with Lissener? Why would Goodparley or anyone else want to put Lissener's head on a pole?

Essay Topic 3

Explore how the knowledge of how to produce gunpowder was preserved by the coal burners and the dyers. Why does it take everyone so long to realize that the coal burners and dyers have the knowledge? How does finding the yeller stones bring all the knowledge together? Now that the the knowledge is out in the open, will more and more people learn how to make gunpowder?

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