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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. How does Ann spend much of the next day?

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

3. For what is Loomis searching?

4. How long are Ann's parents and brother gone when they go out?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why concerns Ann about the approaching stranger?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Ann bring Loomis into her home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the novel progresses, Ann feels that Loomis is more and more controlling of their lives. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss and analyze two scenes when you think Loomis is being controlling. Is Ann right to be defensive?

2. How much of Loomis' controlling is based upon the fact that he is considerably older than Ann? Do you think it is a legitimate thing that he, being much more knowledgeable about many things, should make more of the decisions?

3. How much of Loomis' controlling is based upon the fact that he is a male? Do you think Loomis would be as controlling of another man as he is of Ann?

4. Do you think Ann's assessment of Loomis' mental health is accurate? Why or why not? Discuss fully with examples.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Do you think Z for Zachariah ends on a happy note? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Z for Zachariah and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Z for Zachariah is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? 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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