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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. What does Ann think the visitor is bringing?

2. What did the man lay on top of his cart?

3. When Ann's father returns from scouting the first time he went out, what does he report finding?

4. About what does Ann tell Loomis?

5. For what is Loomis searching?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Ann think the arriving stranger is in a car and what does she think about what he is bringing?

2. Why concerns Ann about the approaching stranger?

3. What does Ann worry about when she discovers that Faro has returned?

4. What does Loomis say he was developing before the war?

5. Why does Ann bring Loomis into her home?

6. What does the man do with his Geiger counter and then what terrible error does he make?

7. Explain why Ann is alone in the valley.

8. What does Ann decide to do as the stranger draws closer?

9. Who is the stranger and what was his job before the war?

10. What does the man say possibly happened to Ann's family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ann rises early and collects greens to make a salad with. As she picks, Ann imagines what it would be like to marry Mr. Loomis. The idea makes Ann happy because she likes the idea of having children of her own. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think it is sane to be thinking about bringing children into a world such as the one in which Ann now lives? Why or why not?

2. In many apocalyptic novels, women are forced to bear children in order to continue the human race. Do you think it is right to force all women of childbearing age to have children regardless of their own personal desires in a situation such as Ann's?

3. Why do you think that most apocalyptic novels have as one of their premises that it is important that the human race survive? Do you agree with this premise? Explain your answer.

4. Assuming there are other areas of the world where humans are unharmed and the environment is radiation free, then does it seem less important that the few people of the United States that may have survived bear children? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not?

5. What type of plot do you think Z for Zachariah is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Z for Zachariah is successful as an apocalyptic novel? Why or why not?

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another apocalyptic novel? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?

4. Do you think that a reader expects that not all loose ends are tied up in a book in a series, unless it's the last book?

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