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. Why does Ann decide to kill one of the older hens?

2. What does Loomis reply when Ann asks about the tractor situation?

3. What is Loomis doing with his gun when Ann returns?

4. What does Ann worry about concerning the tomatoes?

5. What is Mr. Loomis able to do on the fourth day after he is conscious?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Ann rises early and collects greens to make a salad with. As she picks, Ann imagines what it would be like to marry Mr. Loomis. The idea makes Ann happy because she likes the idea of having children of her own. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think it is sane to be thinking about bringing children into a world such as the one in which Ann now lives? Why or why not?

2. In many apocalyptic novels, women are forced to bear children in order to continue the human race. Do you think it is right to force all women of childbearing age to have children regardless of their own personal desires in a situation such as Ann's?

3. Why do you think that most apocalyptic novels have as one of their premises that it is important that the human race survive? Do you agree with this premise? Explain your answer.

4. Assuming there are other areas of the world where humans are unharmed and the environment is radiation free, then does it seem less important that the few people of the United States that may have survived bear children? Why or why not?

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