Z for Zachariah Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Ann think someone is coming to her valley?

Ann Burden can see smoke in the distance. This convinces Ann that someone is coming toward her small valley.

2. Explain why Ann is alone in the valley.

Ann has been alone in her valley since shortly after the war. Ann's family and the couple who ran the general store took a truck and went outside the valley to learn what has happened. They never came back, leaving Ann alone in the valley.

3. Why is the valley special?

The valley that Ann lives in is special because it is almost completely untouched by the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons used against the United States in a week long war.

4. Explain why Ann's parents left her home when they left to discover the effects of the war?

Ann's parents actually leave Ann and her brother, Joseph, at the farmstead to wait for the parents return. Ann's father tells Ann the two need to stay to take care of the animals and garden. The reason Ann is now alone is that Joseph hides in the back of the Klein's truck, so he is probably dead along with the rest of the group.

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