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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 happens when Ann asks him about the person in question 63?
2. What does Ann smell as she is gathering greens?
3. What does Ann think about in a flashback to right after the war?
4. How does Ann spend much of the next day?
5. Where is Loomis from?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the man there?
2. 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?
3. Why is the valley special?
4. What does Ann daydream about as she is picking salad greens?
5. What does Ann hear Loomis saying in his dreams and what does Ann think about what she hears?
6. Why does Ann bring Loomis into her home?
7. What does the man in the suit do when he finally arrives at Ann's house?
8. What does the man say possibly happened to Ann's family?
9. What is the situation in the valley about the water supply?
10. Why does Ann decide to go down to the farm yard and what does she discover?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Samuel Taylor Coleridge once said that in reading fantastical or non-realistic literature, the reader must be willing to suspend his/her disbelief. Discuss the following:
1. In Chapter 6, Ann along with the reader learns that John Loomis walks from New York to somewhere in Pennsylvania through hundreds of miles of radiation-laden country, along with other poisons such as nerve gas. Is it possible to suspend one's disbelief in order to "play along" with the scenario the author sets up? Is it likely that in the 1960s, a plastic would have been invented that protected one from the effects of radiation exposure? Does this unlikely scenario make you more or less inclined to be engaged with the rest of the story? Explain your answers.
2. What are two other improbable situations in this book that one has to accept in order to engage with the story? Do you have trouble with either situation you name?
3. Are there any situations that stretch your imagination too far and makes you unable to accept the basic premise of the book? What is (are) it (they)?
4. Are you willing in your reading experiences to accept some unrealistic situations in order to become engaged in a book? What would be the purpose of doing so?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Discuss the following:
1. Discuss five literary devices that occur in Z for Zachariah and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.
2. What do you think are the reasons students are encouraged to understand literary devices? Do you think an understanding of the structure of a work of fiction enhances the reading experience? Why or why not?
3. Do you think authors make a conscious effort to include literary devices into their writing? Discuss your answer. Do you think it would be difficult to consciously create metaphor, simile, puns, etc...? Why or why not?
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