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. Who is Missouri?

2. Why does Randy have to talk to Edgar?

3. What does Paul say about the personnel at McCoy?

4. Why is Bubba Offenhaus head of civil defense?

5. What does Randy remember about meeting Elizabeth McGovern?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does James Cobb do when ordered to go after a bogy?

2. How does Florence know Randy and what does she think of him in the beginning of the book?

3. Who is James Cobb and what is he doing for the Air Force?

4. Where does Randy find Dan and what happens?

5. What does Randy hear on the radio while driving to Orlando?

6. What wakes Randy in the beginning of Chapter 5?

7. Who's the second person to stop in at Randy's house after he returned from town?

8. What does Edgar Quisenberry do and how does he feel about it?

9. Where does Randy go after he leaves the grocery store and what does he do?

10. What do Helen and the children want to do when outside and what happens to them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ben is upset that he shoots what he sees as a wolf but is a pet German Shepherd. Randy consoles Ben that dogs can turn into wolves at times like these.

1. What kind of circumstances do you think might have force the German shepherd into a wild animal?

2. What do you think would keep men from turning from civilized men to murderers and thieves at a time like in this book?

3. Describe another situation besides the one in the book that could make decent people turn bad.

Essay Topic 2

Bill's nickname is Bigmouth so Randy avoids answering why he buys so much whiskey. Judge Bragg taught him bluffing is okay but lying is not.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement?

2. Do you think there is a difference between "bluffing" and "lying?" Why or why not?

3. Do you think Randy should tell everyone in Ft. Repose the truth instead of trying to hide it?

Essay Topic 3

Randy's final humiliation of Edgar by trading paper for cash to buy goods symbolizes the fate he boasts won't happen with him in charge.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Edgar is unwilling to see what might be the reality of the situation with his bank?

3. Describe one other use of symbolism you've seen in the book so far.

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