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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 one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. What do you think is the purpose of irony? Discuss the irony of the situation that it appears the man could die from his radiation poisoning in a "safe" valley when he has avoided the same thing while walking through hundreds of miles of dangerous country. What other irony occurs in Z for Zachariah? Discuss two or three incidences of irony and whether they enhance your reading experience.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from Z for Zachariah. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Trace and analyze the use of foreshadowing throughout Z for Zachariah. List at least five things that occur later in the novel that are foreshadowed earlier in the novel. Does foreshadowing increase your motivation to complete a book? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

As the novel progresses, Ann feels that Loomis is more and more controlling of their lives. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss and analyze two scenes when you think Loomis is being controlling. Is Ann right to be defensive?

2. How much of Loomis' controlling is based upon the fact that he is considerably older than Ann? Do you think it is a legitimate thing that he, being much more knowledgeable about many things, should make more of the decisions?

3. How much of Loomis' controlling is based upon the fact that he is a male? Do you think Loomis would be as controlling of another man as he is of Ann?

4. Do you think Ann's assessment of Loomis' mental health is accurate? Why or why not? Discuss fully with examples.

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