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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 bothers Ann about the man and her chickens?

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

3. What did Ann and her brother realize about Burden Creek?

4. What had the team just completed before the war?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ann hear Loomis saying in his dreams and what does Ann think about what she hears?

3. What does Ann daydream about as she is picking salad greens?

4. Why is the man there?

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

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

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

8. How does Mr. Loomis seem later that evening, and what does Ann give him?

9. How does the man discover his terrible error about the Creek and what does he do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of a book such as Z for Zachariah place themselves in the position of someone like Ann, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Z for Zachariah help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Z for Zachariah ? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident to discuss and compare Ann's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Z for Zachariah could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Ann, the main character. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Z for Zachariah as a bildungsroman of Ann. Give specific examples. What does Ann learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Do you think young people in our modern culture go through a coming of age period? Do you think the concept of "coming of age" is inherent in the human experience? Why or why not?

4. Do you think you have lived through a "coming of age" period in your own life? Discuss as thoroughly as you willing to share.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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