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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 Loomis' boss invent?

2. What is the man wearing who arrives in Ann's sight?

3. What does Ann hope?

4. Whom does the man feed?

5. Who is Dr. Kylmer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Ann and Mr. Loomis argue about concerning the crops?

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

4. How does Ann prepare to carry out her decision?

5. How does Ann steal Mr. Loomis' cart and radiation suit?

6. What do Loomis and Ann discuss concerning the fertilizer?

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

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

9. What does Loomis say about his activities the night the war breaks out?

10. What does Ann tell Mr. Loomis she knows?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ann watches the progress of the stranger and begins to worry that it might be someone who means her harm. Ann decides to hide all evidence of her existence by burying her garden and releasing her animals, then climbing up to a cave in the hills over her valley. Discuss the following:

1. Does it seem likely a fifteen-year-old girl would retreat from what is likely the only other human being in her surroundings for miles?

2. If you were Ann, would you adopt the same procedure to observe the person from afar for awhile? Do you think it would occur to you to do this?

3. How likely is it that the approaching human would harm another human who may be his/her only way to interact with someone else?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Ann is wise to leave the valley? Do you think the implication is that her dream of teaching children is prophetic and that she will find others? Why or why not?

2. Would you have chosen the same route as Ann, i.e., leaving the valley. Why or why not?

3. How well do you think Ann will survive journeying out into a dangerous world?

4. Do you think Mr. Loomis redeems himself by pointing Ann in a likely direction to begin her journey? Give an in depth response.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Ann and Loomis when they first meet. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? How do they compare as to the way they are raised before being chosen? Do you think they are both good people? Why or why not. Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ann from the beginning of the book to the end. How has she stayed the same? How has she changed? Have the changes been positive? What do you think Ann needs to change about herself to survive her journey?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Z for Zacharia help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Some secondary "characters" to consider are Faro, Radiation, The Valley, and The War.

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