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How does Ish discover that there's been a plague while he was in the mountains? What is his reaction? Does it seem reasonable? What does he do in the following weeks?

How does the small community of Em, Ish, Ezra, Molly, Jean, George and Muriel come into existence? What happens when others arrive? What are the dangers to those in Ish's "tribe?" When do those dangers become reality, and how do they deal with it?

How do Ish, Em and the others track the passing of years? What are the names of five of the year, and how are they selected?

What's the significance of the library for Ish? Who is it that shares that feeling? What does Ish see in that person? What is his reaction?

Describe the significance of the hammer? What does Ish realize about that hammer?

What is Ish's chief goal through the years? What events occur that make him think he and the others are moving farther away from that goal? What does Ish himself do about attaining that goal?

Describe how Ish's children adapt to their surroundings? His grandchildren and great-grandchildren? What is the significance of the bow and arrow?

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