Alas, Babylon Test | Mid-Book 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 Mark worry the situation in the Middle East is?

2. Why is Bubba Offenhaus head of civil defense?

3. Who is Sir Percy?

4. What holiday do the children believe they are spending in Florida?

5. What does Randy see when he goes outside after being shaken awake?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Florence tell Alice about Randy?

2. What's the last thing Randy asks Paul in the book and what does Paul say?

3. What does Randy drink in the morning and what does his friend, Dan, say about it?

4. What happens at Dan's office?

5. Why does Mark give Randy a check, what might they do with the money and how do they part?

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

7. Why does Helen start crying when a helicopter flies around the Bragg house?

8. What does Helen ask Admiral Hazzard and why?

9. What kind of illness in town worries Dan and who seems to have it?

10. Randy receives a call from Western Union. Who is the telegram from and what does it say and mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Randy returns with a fleet of boats full of salt and blue crab to a dining table heaped with delicious roast armadillo, and a kitchen sink with four large black bass. Three crying women convince him women need a man around.

1. Do you think that women were viewed differently at the time this book was published? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think Peyton is being treated fairly by her family and especially her brother? Why or why not?

3. If you were a child in this book would you rather be Peyton or Ben? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Crises expose the nature of characters in Fort Repose. Randy and his neighbors on River Road struggle to survive by helping each other make the best of what they have.

1. Why do you think a crisis shows who people really are? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. If you were in a crisis as severe as the one in this book, who in your life would be the best person to have with you? Why?

3. How do you think your behavior would change if something like the crisis in this book occurred?

Essay Topic 3

They take one prisoner to hang the next day in town. They leave three dead highwaymen to rot on the road as a silent witness that crime in Fort Repose won't pay.

1. Justice has been changed by "The Day." No trials, appeals, etc. just martial law and a swift hanging. Do you think this is good or bad? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think Randy wanted to hang the highwayman instead of just shooting him out on the road?

3. If you had the responsibility that Randy has how would you have handled the problem of highwaymen? Use several examples to support your answer.

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