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 count at Mr. Loomis' bedside?

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

3. What does Ann do for Mr. Loomis?

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

5. Why is Loomis angry when he wakes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Mr. Loomis using Faro?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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