Alas, Babylon Short Essay - Answer Key

Pat Frank
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1. Who are the Bragg brothers and what are they both doing at the beginning of the book?

Central characters are the Bragg brothers and their families. The older Mark is a career military officer. His brother, Randy, seems at first a ne'er do well lawyer and borderline alcoholic. Randy lives the carefree life of a wealthy old Florida family's younger son.

2. Who is Florence Wechek and what is discovered about her at the beginning of the book?

Florence Wechek is the Western Union manager in Fort Repose, Florida. She wakes up one early December Friday morning at her usual 6:30 AM. Florence shares her home with pets that also begin to stir in the gray dawn. A large yellow cat named Sir Percy comes from behind the water heater. African lovebirds, Anthony and Cleo, swing in their cage and a squirrel outside runs down the limb of a grapefruit tree. She feeds the birds and cat in the kitchen and the aquarium fish in the living room. Florence is an organized woman whose daily routine does not vary. She sits down at seven to breakfast of orange juice and eggs while watching the morning show news from Tampa

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