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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. When Ann's father returns from scouting the first time he went out, what does he report finding?
2. How does Ann know what she states in the opening sentence?
3. How does Ann spend much of the next day?
4. What does Ann decide to do about safety?
5. What seems to puzzle the man after he goes inside Ann's home?
Short Essay Questions
1. What puzzles Ann when she is reading poetry to Mr. Loomis?
2. What does Ann conclude about her life?
3. What does Ann worry about when she discovers that Faro has returned?
4. How does Loomis manage to survive on his long journey walking from New York?
5. What does Ann ask Mr. Loomis to use and what is his response?
6. Why does Ann have to abandon her cave and what does Mr. Loomis do there?
7. What happens in the middle of the night that convinces Ann to move out of the house?
8. What do Loomis and Ann discuss concerning the fertilizer?
9. What does Ann observe the next day as she is watching the house and what does she think about?
10. What does Ann tell Mr. Loomis she knows?
Essay Topic 1
Many readers of a book such as Z for Zachariah place themselves in the position of someone like Ann, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Z for Zachariah help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Z for Zachariah ? Why or why not?
3. Choose one specific incident to discuss and compare Ann's response to how you think you would respond.
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
Z for Zachariah could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Ann, the main character. Discuss the following:
1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."
2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Z for Zachariah as a bildungsroman of Ann. Give specific examples. What does Ann learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?
3. Do you think young people in our modern culture go through a coming of age period? Do you think the concept of "coming of age" is inherent in the human experience? Why or why not?
4. Do you think you have lived through a "coming of age" period in your own life? Discuss as thoroughly as you willing to share.
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