Z for Zachariah Test | Final 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. What does Loomis tell Ann he heard while delirious?

2. What does Ann do with Loomis' gun?

3. What does Loomis do with Faro?

4. About what does Mr. Loomis yell at Ann?

5. What happens in the middle of the night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ann finally piece together about Edward and Loomis?

2. Why does Mr. Loomis become angry and what does Ann decide to do?

3. How has Mr. Loomis' illness progressed in Chapter 11, and what does he talk about while delirious?

4. Where does Ann go in Chapter 12 and what does she find and do?

5. Why does Ann have to abandon her cave and what does Mr. Loomis do there?

6. What happens in the middle of the night that convinces Ann to move out of the house?

7. What happens when Ann goes back to the farm to speak to Mr. Loomis and what does Ann realize?

8. How is Mr. Loomis using Faro?

9. What does Ann ask Mr. Loomis to use and what is his response?

10. What puzzles Ann when she is reading poetry to Mr. Loomis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When one reads any novel (or anything at all), one brings everything from one's own past and present to the novel and in how one responds to what s/he is reading. Discuss the following:

1. How influential do you think a reader's own emotions, education, ideas and experiences influence how the reader responds to a work of fiction?

2. What about your life do you think influences you in reading Z for Zachariah? How does it influence you?

3. Do you think there is only one interpretation for any book? Give a detailed discussion in your response.

4. Do you think fiction can precipitate change in a reader? Is the change usually temporary or long lasting? Discuss your response thoroughly.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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