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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 did the man lay on top of his cart?

2. What was John Loomis' occupation?

3. What does the man notice in Burden Creek?

4. What does Loomis show Ann in one of her father's books?

5. From where is the pond fed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the valley special?

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

3. What does the man in the suit do when he finally arrives at Ann's house?

4. 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?

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

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

7. Why does Ann bring Loomis into her home?

8. How does Ann become inspired to make a salad?

9. Why does Ann decide to go down to the farm yard and what does she discover?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Z for Zachariah based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Arrow's Flight is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Z for Zachariah is a novel for teens changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? What at about the fact that it is an apocalyptic novel? Explain.

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