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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. What huge traveling party arrives at Widders Dump the day after Brooder dies?

2. What is the weather like the night after the burning?

3. After the fire, what does Riddley accuse Lorna of doing?

4. How does Lorna describe the dog that Riddley killed?

5. When Lorna finishes her story, who does Riddley say he always thought was responsible for the 1 Big 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Goodparley/Orfing show, what does Eusa do in the "time back."

2. In the Goodparley/Orfing show, why won't Eusa come up at first?

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

4. At the beginning of the novel, why do you think Riddley Walker says, "Your turn now my turn later"?

5. Why is Riddley upset when he is working to break up the big thing that killed his father?

6. What does Lorna talk about in her tel at Brooder's cremation?

7. Why did Riddley climb the big iron thing after his father died?

8. What happens in the written Eusa story after Eusa runs the numbers through the Power Ring?

9. Describe the game the children play after Riddley kills the boar.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the meaning of Riddley's name. What does he say about his name? What do others say about his name? Do both his first and his last name symbolize something? If so, what? Does his name have a double meaning? Why or why not? Does Riddley mention riddles in connection with his name? In Chapter 2, Riddley mentions riddles and the he is "walking them now on this paper"? Do you think Riddley's name is a riddle? Why or why not? What symbolism or ideas and emotions can be seen in his name?

Essay Topic 2

Write about the Eusa story. What is the Eusa story? What is it describing? Use examples from the novel where the story of Eusa is presented and explained. Why do you think there are men from the Mincery that go around telling the Eusa story? Why do you think there are connexion men to help explain the Eusa story? Do you think the story will change after all that has happened in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, there are indications that society is changing from hunting and gathering, to farming. Compare the two ways of life. Then show examples from the novel of how society is changing from foraging to farming. Which characters want this change to farming? Which characters which would prefer to continue foraging? Will the change from foraging to farming make life better for society? Why or why not? Will the introduction of gunpowder accelerate the change to farming? Why or why not?

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