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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. Who is Dr. Kylmer?

2. What does Ann decide she will do after cooking breakfast?

3. What does Ann fear about Loomis?

4. In addition to the suit, what does Loomis' group create that enables Loomis to survive a search for survivors?

5. What does Ann decide to plant?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why concerns Ann about the approaching stranger?

3. Who is the stranger and what was his job before the war?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Ann daydream about as she is picking salad greens?

10. What does Loomis say about his activities the night the war breaks out?

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

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

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?

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