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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 long was the war?

2. What does Ann see when she goes and looks out of the boundaries of her valley?

3. Who was to come to the lab where Loomis worked?

4. What does the man do after using the Geiger counter?

5. From where is the pond fed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ann become inspired to make a salad?

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

3. What is the situation in the valley about the water supply?

4. Explain why Ann is alone in the valley.

5. 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?

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

7. Why is the valley special?

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

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

10. Why does Ann bring Loomis into her home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not?

5. What type of plot do you think Z for Zachariah is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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