1. What does Makina say to herself when the ground lurches, at the beginning of the book?
(a) "I’m dead."
(b) "I’m not going to die here."
(c) "Here it comes."
(d) "This isn’t happening."
2. What sound does the narrator say the earth makes when the sinkhole opens?
(a) A dull groan.
(b) A quiet pop.
(c) A loud roar.
(d) A silent sucking.
3. Which of these things does the sinkhole swallow?
(a) Screams of passersby.
(b) A house and camper.
(c) A flock of geese.
(d) The noonday sunshine.
4. What shape does the sinkhole take when it is done sinking?
(a) A long oval.
(b) A narrow horizontal cavern.
(c) A perfect circle.
(d) A wide tear.
5. What does Makina say is a "slippery bitch" (11)?
(a) The old mine.
(b) The earth.
(c) The city.
(d) The river.
6. What does the narrator say affected Makina for the first time with this sinkhole?
(a) Grief over her losses.
(b) The prophecies about the end of the world.
(c) The earth’s insanity.
(d) Industrial accidents.
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