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 is Ann afraid to leave the house?

2. What does Ann do since Loomis seems better?

3. How many bags of fertilizer does Ann estimate are at the store?

4. Why does Ann think she needs to go back to the house?

5. What is wrong with Loomis at the opening of Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Ann and Loomis when they first meet. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? How do they compare as to the way they are raised before being chosen? Do you think they are both good people? Why or why not. Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ann from the beginning of the book to the end. How has she stayed the same? How has she changed? Have the changes been positive? What do you think Ann needs to change about herself to survive her journey?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Z for Zacharia help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Some secondary "characters" to consider are Faro, Radiation, The Valley, and The War.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. What do you think is the purpose of irony? Discuss the irony of the situation that it appears the man could die from his radiation poisoning in a "safe" valley when he has avoided the same thing while walking through hundreds of miles of dangerous country. What other irony occurs in Z for Zachariah? Discuss two or three incidences of irony and whether they enhance your reading experience.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from Z for Zachariah. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Trace and analyze the use of foreshadowing throughout Z for Zachariah. List at least five things that occur later in the novel that are foreshadowed earlier in the novel. Does foreshadowing increase your motivation to complete a book? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Do you think Ann is wise to leave the valley? Do you think the implication is that her dream of teaching children is prophetic and that she will find others? Why or why not?

2. Would you have chosen the same route as Ann, i.e., leaving the valley. Why or why not?

3. How well do you think Ann will survive journeying out into a dangerous world?

4. Do you think Mr. Loomis redeems himself by pointing Ann in a likely direction to begin her journey? Give an in depth response.

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