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 frightens Ann when she is playing the piano for him?

2. With what does Ann fertilize the garden?

3. What does Loomis do at the store that causes Ann to worry?

4. What does Ann make that turns out perfect?

5. Where does Ann go in the dark?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Mr. Loomis express his anger and what does Ann do?

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

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

7. What does Ann bring into the house as Mr. Loomis is getting better?

8. Why does Ann think she can return to the fields to work and why does Loomis yell at her?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Z for Zachariah could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Ann, the main character. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Z for Zachariah as a bildungsroman of Ann. Give specific examples. What does Ann learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Do you think young people in our modern culture go through a coming of age period? Do you think the concept of "coming of age" is inherent in the human experience? Why or why not?

4. Do you think you have lived through a "coming of age" period in your own life? Discuss as thoroughly as you willing to share.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Ann and Loomis when they first meet. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? How do they compare as to the way they are raised before being chosen? Do you think they are both good people? Why or why not. Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ann from the beginning of the book to the end. How has she stayed the same? How has she changed? Have the changes been positive? What do you think Ann needs to change about herself to survive her journey?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Z for Zacharia help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Some secondary "characters" to consider are Faro, Radiation, The Valley, and The War.

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 11, Ann pieces together the story of Mr. Loomis and Edward and realizes that Mr. Loomis likely murdered Edward. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think you would have done when caring for Loomis and learning he had likely murdered someone?

2. Does Ann seem to take the situation seriously? Does her response seem to reflect a greater maturity than the typical 15 year old or about the same as the average 15 year old?

3. Would you have confronted Mr. Loomis as soon as he was able to interact? Would you have confronted him at all? Ann waits until she is leaving the valley--do you think that is the best course of action?

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