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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. 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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

This novel was written in the Seventies, a short time after the Bay of Pigs scare that left many Americans afraid of a nuclear attack. This novel takes place some years after a week long war that left most of the country devastated not only by nuclear fallout, but also nerve gases and other biological weapons. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write an informative essay about the fear of nuclear war during the 1960s. Why were people so afraid of the possibility of a nuclear war? What did countries do to prevent such a happening? Was there any civil preparedness for such an event? Is it realistic to prepare for something such as a nuclear war?

2. Do you think Ann's family was wise to have gone off from the safety of their valley so soon after the end of what they were fairly sure was a nuclear war?

3. Was it irresponsible of Ann's parents to leave her and her brother (who was supposed to stay) at the ages of 15 and 16 alone while they went out gathering information?

4. How likely is it that the scenario of the valley escaping contamination would actually happen?

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