Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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. 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?
Essay Topic 1
This novel was written in the Seventies, a short time after the Bay of Pigs scare that left many Americans afraid of a nuclear attack. This novel takes place some years after a week long war that left most of the country devastated not only by nuclear fallout, but also nerve gases and other biological weapons. Discuss the following:
1. Research and write an informative essay about the fear of nuclear war during the 1960s. Why were people so afraid of the possibility of a nuclear war? What did countries do to prevent such a happening? Was there any civil preparedness for such an event? Is it realistic to prepare for something such as a nuclear war?
2. Do you think Ann's family was wise to have gone off from the safety of their valley so soon after the end of what they were fairly sure was a nuclear war?
3. Was it irresponsible of Ann's parents to leave her and her brother (who was supposed to stay) at the ages of 15 and 16 alone while they went out gathering information?
4. How likely is it that the scenario of the valley escaping contamination would actually happen?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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