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. Where is Mr. Loomis later in the evening?

2. How long had the system between Ann and Loomis worked out alright?

3. What does Ann happily note during her morning chores?

4. What does Ann think about going to get in Ogdentown?

5. What makes Ann nervous as she is working in the corn field?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Ann have to abandon her cave and what does Mr. Loomis do there?

3. What happens when Ann goes back to the farm to speak to Mr. Loomis and what does Ann realize?

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

5. Why does Mr. Loomis become angry and what does Ann decide to do?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Z for Zachariah based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Arrow's Flight is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Z for Zachariah is a novel for teens changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? What at about the fact that it is an apocalyptic novel? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

When one reads any novel (or anything at all), one brings everything from one's own past and present to the novel and in how one responds to what s/he is reading. Discuss the following:

1. How influential do you think a reader's own emotions, education, ideas and experiences influence how the reader responds to a work of fiction?

2. What about your life do you think influences you in reading Z for Zachariah? How does it influence you?

3. Do you think there is only one interpretation for any book? Give a detailed discussion in your response.

4. Do you think fiction can precipitate change in a reader? Is the change usually temporary or long lasting? Discuss your response thoroughly.

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