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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. After the people in Lorna's story had the 1st knowing for a while what did they begin to wonder?

2. What does Riddley confess about his father's connexions?

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

4. What is the first thing Riddley talked about when he began his reveal?

5. How many more changes will there be after the atom is split in the written Eusa story?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Lissener and Riddley find near the sea?

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

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

4. What did Riddley's father used to say about looking for a reveal?

5. What are the rituals that are followed with Brooder Walker's body?

6. Riddley returns to Widders Dump and finds Goodparley there. Why does Riddley give Goodparley the stones?

7. Describe Riddley's travels after Granser and Goodparley die.

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

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

10. In the written Eusa story, describe what happens when Eusa finds the Littl Shynin Man the Addom.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare The Legend of St. Eustace in Chapter 14, to the Eusa story. What does the stag mean in the St. Eustace Legend? What does it mean in the Eusa story? How is St. Eustace's family like and unlike Eusa's family? What events in St. Eustace's life are similar to Eusa's? How is the end of the St. Eustace story like and unlike the end of the Eusa story? How does Goodparley compare the two stories?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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