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. How does Loomis get supplies while Ann is hiding out before he shot her?

3. Why does Ann change her approach to the farm?

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

5. How does Ann treat her bullet wound?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens to Mr. Loomis at the opening to Chapter 10?

8. How is Ann at first amused by Mr. Loomis' actions but then becomes concerned?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. What do you think is the purpose of irony? Discuss the irony of the situation that it appears the man could die from his radiation poisoning in a "safe" valley when he has avoided the same thing while walking through hundreds of miles of dangerous country. What other irony occurs in Z for Zachariah? Discuss two or three incidences of irony and whether they enhance your reading experience.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from Z for Zachariah. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Trace and analyze the use of foreshadowing throughout Z for Zachariah. List at least five things that occur later in the novel that are foreshadowed earlier in the novel. Does foreshadowing increase your motivation to complete a book? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Do you think Z for Zachariah ends on a happy note? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Z for Zachariah and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Z for Zachariah is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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