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 frightens Ann when she is playing the piano for him?

2. What does Ann feed Loomis that he is able to swallow?

3. What does Loomis do in order to find Ann?

4. What does Ann find when she goes to pray?

5. What does Loomis do with Faro?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Mr. Loomis using Faro?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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.

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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