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 makes Ann think about Edward all of a sudden?

2. How many bags of fertilizer does Ann estimate are at the store?

3. What does Ann do after putting Loomis back in bed in the morning?

4. Where does Ann go the next morning after Loomis was delirious?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What routine do Ann and Mr. Loomis follow for the next ten days?

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Z for Zachariah is successful as an apocalyptic novel? Why or why not?

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another apocalyptic novel? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?

4. Do you think that a reader expects that not all loose ends are tied up in a book in a series, unless it's the last book?

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