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 happily note during her morning chores?

2. What does Ann do the morning after leaving the house during the night?

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

4. What does Ann do for Mr. Loomis?

5. About what does Mr. Loomis yell at Ann?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ann makes the decision to observe the man who has decided to bathe in Burden Creek, which Ann knows is dead and probably poisoned either with radioactivity or some other by-product of the war. Discuss the following:

1. Does Ann make a wise decision to still not show herself when the man is entering the water?

2. Is Ann's decision not to run down and stop the man a lack of compassion? Kindness?

3. Would you have made the same decision that Ann makes? Why or why not?

4. Do you think Loomis is justified in being angry with Ann when he learns that she watched him enter the dangerous water and did nothing? Is he angry? Discuss the psychological/emotional dynamics of the situation.

5. Was Ann responsible for warning Loomis even if it reveals her presence? Do you have a responsibility to warn someone if you observe them doing something that could injure or kill them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of a book such as Z for Zachariah place themselves in the position of someone like Ann, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Z for Zachariah help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Z for Zachariah ? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident to discuss and compare Ann's response to how you think you would respond.

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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