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 Ann do in response to her belief about Loomis and Edward?

2. What does Ann feed Loomis that he is able to swallow?

3. Why does Ann accidentally hit Mr. Loomis in the face?

4. How does Ann treat her bullet wound?

5. What does Ann think about Loomis and Edward?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ann discover about the tractor, and what does she do?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Mr. Loomis say he remembers while delirious?

8. What do Loomis and Ann discuss concerning the fertilizer?

9. What do Ann and Mr. Loomis argue about concerning the crops?

10. How is Mr. Loomis using Faro?

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

Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Ann is wise to leave the valley? Do you think the implication is that her dream of teaching children is prophetic and that she will find others? Why or why not?

2. Would you have chosen the same route as Ann, i.e., leaving the valley. Why or why not?

3. How well do you think Ann will survive journeying out into a dangerous world?

4. Do you think Mr. Loomis redeems himself by pointing Ann in a likely direction to begin her journey? Give an in depth response.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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