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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 Loomis' boss' invention do?

2. What was the most noticeable thing about the man after he walks back to his cart?

3. What does Ann worry about if the stranger is still here in winter?

4. About what was Ann correct, much to Loomis' dismay?

5. Who is Dr. Kylmer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is the valley special?

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

8. What happens that convinces Ann that the man knows nothing about farm life and what is her response?

9. Why is the man there?

10. What does Ann decide to do to make cooking easier in the house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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