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 Loomis say about the fertilizer?

2. With what does Ann fertilize the garden?

3. Why does Ann go to the farm the morning after Loomis searched for Ann in the store apartment?

4. How does Ann know Mr. Loomis is doing better at the opening of Chapter 13?

5. Why is Loomis angry when he wakes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Mr. Loomis frighten Ann as she is playing the piano?

5. What puzzles Ann when she is reading poetry to Mr. Loomis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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