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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 should possibly happen on her 17th birthday?

2. What is another thing the visitor does soon after examining the green leaves of a tree?

3. Who returns to the valley?

4. What does Faro point to in the field?

5. From where is the pond fed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the approaching stranger do when he gets halfway across the flat part of the hill overlooking the green valley of Ann's home?

2. Why does Ann bring Loomis into her home?

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

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

5. Explain why Ann is alone in the valley.

6. How does Loomis manage to survive on his long journey walking from New York?

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

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

9. Why concerns Ann about the approaching stranger?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ann makes the decision to observe the man who has decided to bathe in Burden Creek, which Ann knows is dead and probably poisoned either with radioactivity or some other by-product of the war. Discuss the following:

1. Does Ann make a wise decision to still not show herself when the man is entering the water?

2. Is Ann's decision not to run down and stop the man a lack of compassion? Kindness?

3. Would you have made the same decision that Ann makes? Why or why not?

4. Do you think Loomis is justified in being angry with Ann when he learns that she watched him enter the dangerous water and did nothing? Is he angry? Discuss the psychological/emotional dynamics of the situation.

5. Was Ann responsible for warning Loomis even if it reveals her presence? Do you have a responsibility to warn someone if you observe them doing something that could injure or kill them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 11, Ann pieces together the story of Mr. Loomis and Edward and realizes that Mr. Loomis likely murdered Edward. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think you would have done when caring for Loomis and learning he had likely murdered someone?

2. Does Ann seem to take the situation seriously? Does her response seem to reflect a greater maturity than the typical 15 year old or about the same as the average 15 year old?

3. Would you have confronted Mr. Loomis as soon as he was able to interact? Would you have confronted him at all? Ann waits until she is leaving the valley--do you think that is the best course of action?

Essay Topic 3

Z for Zachariah belongs to the literary genre of apocalyptic fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly define the term genre and offer examples of it from your own reading experience. Why do you think it is useful to categorize fiction into genres? What could be a disadvantage of doing so?

2. What do you think is the main motivation for a person to read an apocalyptic novel? Is entertainment a good enough reason? Are there any other reasons to read this genre? What? Explain fully.

3. In "academe," apocalyptic novels are often thought of as less literary than some other genres and for that reason are sometimes "snubbed" in the study of literature. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with this "snobbery"?

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