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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 again realize she would not like as a career?
2. Where does Loomis search for Ann?
3. What does Loomis say about the fertilizer?
4. What does Ann do later that night after playing the piano?
5. Why does Ann play the piano that evening?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Mr. Loomis frighten Ann as she is playing the piano?
2. What happens in the middle of the night that convinces Ann to move out of the house?
3. Why does Ann decide to ask Mr. Loomis questions and what happens as a result?
4. What do Loomis and Ann discuss concerning the fertilizer?
5. Why does Mr. Loomis become angry and what does Ann decide to do?
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. What does Ann observe the next day as she is watching the house and what does she think about?
9. What does Ann bring into the house as Mr. Loomis is getting better?
10. What does Ann discover about the tractor, and what does she do?
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
Ann watches the progress of the stranger and begins to worry that it might be someone who means her harm. Ann decides to hide all evidence of her existence by burying her garden and releasing her animals, then climbing up to a cave in the hills over her valley. Discuss the following:
1. Does it seem likely a fifteen-year-old girl would retreat from what is likely the only other human being in her surroundings for miles?
2. If you were Ann, would you adopt the same procedure to observe the person from afar for awhile? Do you think it would occur to you to do this?
3. How likely is it that the approaching human would harm another human who may be his/her only way to interact with someone else?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Z for Zachariah, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?
3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.
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