Essay Questions Z For Zachariah

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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 is Loomis doing with his gun when Ann returns?

2. What is Mr. Loomis designing as he recovers?

3. What does Loomis say about the fertilizer?

4. What does Ann give Loomis?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel was written in the Seventies, a short time after the Bay of Pigs scare that left many Americans afraid of a nuclear attack. This novel takes place some years after a week long war that left most of the country devastated not only by nuclear fallout, but also nerve gases and other biological weapons. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write an informative essay about the fear of nuclear war during the 1960s. Why were people so afraid of the possibility of a nuclear war? What did countries do to prevent such a happening? Was there any civil preparedness for such an event? Is it realistic to prepare for something such as a nuclear war?

2. Do you think Ann's family was wise to have gone off from the safety of their valley so soon after the end of what they were fairly sure was a nuclear war?

3. Was it irresponsible of Ann's parents to leave her and her brother (who was supposed to stay) at the ages of 15 and 16 alone while they went out gathering information?

4. How likely is it that the scenario of the valley escaping contamination would actually happen?

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

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not?

5. What type of plot do you think Z for Zachariah is? Explain your response.

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Essay Topic 1

Z for Zachariah belongs to the literary genre of apocalyptic fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly define the term genre and offer examples of it from your own reading experience. Why do you think it is useful to categorize fiction into genres? What could be a disadvantage of doing so?

2. What do you think is the main motivation for a person to read an apocalyptic novel? Is entertainment a good enough reason? Are there any other reasons to read this genre? What? Explain fully.

3. In "academe," apocalyptic novels are often thought of as less literary than some other genres and for that reason are sometimes "snubbed" in the study of literature. Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with this "snobbery"?

Essay Topic 2

This novel was written in the Seventies, a short time after the Bay of Pigs scare that left many Americans afraid...

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