Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Of what is the man afraid?
2. What does Ann decide she should do?
3. What does Loomis think the Creek water could do?
4. What doesn't Ann think the man is in a car?
5. How many people has Loomis met on his journey?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Mr. Loomis express his anger and what does Ann do?
2. What does Ann bring into the house as Mr. Loomis is getting better?
3. Why does Ann think she can return to the fields to work and why does Loomis yell at her?
4. How has Mr. Loomis' illness progressed in Chapter 11, and what does he talk about while delirious?
5. Why does Ann think someone is coming to her valley?
6. How does Ann get the tractor running and what planting decision does she make?
7. What do Ann and Mr. Loomis argue about concerning the crops?
8. What does Ann observe the next day as she is watching the house and what does she think about?
9. How does Ann describe the newly-arrived stranger?
10. What is the event that convinces Ann about what she must do?
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.
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?
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?
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