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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

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 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Do you think Z for Zachariah ends on a happy note? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Z for Zachariah and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Z for Zachariah is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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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