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 Mr. Loomis seem upset about Ann doing while he was delirious?

2. What makes Ann nervous as she is working in the corn field?

3. What does Loomis reply when Ann asks about the tractor situation?

4. What happens in the middle of the night?

5. What does Ann do later that night after playing the piano?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mr. Loomis use the tractor to go to the store?

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

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

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

5. What does Ann observe the next day as she is watching the house and what does she think about?

6. Why does Ann decide to ask Mr. Loomis questions and what happens as a result?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Z for Zachariah belongs to the literary genre of apocalyptic fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly define the term genre and offer examples of it from your own reading experience. Why do you think it is useful to categorize fiction into genres? What could be a disadvantage of doing so?

2. What do you think is the main motivation for a person to read an apocalyptic novel? Is entertainment a good enough reason? Are there any other reasons to read this genre? What? Explain fully.

3. In "academe," apocalyptic novels are often thought of as less literary than some other genres and for that reason are sometimes "snubbed" in the study of literature. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with this "snobbery"?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

As the novel progresses, Ann feels that Loomis is more and more controlling of their lives. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss and analyze two scenes when you think Loomis is being controlling. Is Ann right to be defensive?

2. How much of Loomis' controlling is based upon the fact that he is considerably older than Ann? Do you think it is a legitimate thing that he, being much more knowledgeable about many things, should make more of the decisions?

3. How much of Loomis' controlling is based upon the fact that he is a male? Do you think Loomis would be as controlling of another man as he is of Ann?

4. Do you think Ann's assessment of Loomis' mental health is accurate? Why or why not? Discuss fully with examples.

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