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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Of what is the man afraid?

2. What does Ann decide she should do?

3. What does Loomis think the Creek water could do?

4. What doesn't Ann think the man is in a car?

5. How many people has Loomis met on his journey?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Loomis express his anger and what does Ann do?

2. What does Ann bring into the house as Mr. Loomis is getting better?

3. Why does Ann think she can return to the fields to work and why does Loomis yell at her?

4. How has Mr. Loomis' illness progressed in Chapter 11, and what does he talk about while delirious?

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

6. How does Ann get the tractor running and what planting decision does she make?

7. What do Ann and Mr. Loomis argue about concerning the crops?

8. What does Ann observe the next day as she is watching the house and what does she think about?

9. How does Ann describe the newly-arrived stranger?

10. What is the event that convinces Ann about what she must do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Ann is wise to leave the valley? Do you think the implication is that her dream of teaching children is prophetic and that she will find others? Why or why not?

2. Would you have chosen the same route as Ann, i.e., leaving the valley. Why or why not?

3. How well do you think Ann will survive journeying out into a dangerous world?

4. Do you think Mr. Loomis redeems himself by pointing Ann in a likely direction to begin her journey? Give an in depth response.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Z for Zachariah based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Arrow's Flight is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Z for Zachariah is a novel for teens changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? What at about the fact that it is an apocalyptic novel? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Z for Zachariah, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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