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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. Why do Florence and Alice meet on Fridays?

2. What does Randy take with him when he goes to town in Chapter 4?

3. What does Florence ask Alice to do?

4. Who kills himself the day the bombs are dropped?

5. What does Randy think about the front of the McGoverns' house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the frozen food at Randy's and what do they decide to do about it?

2. What does Randy decide to do about the highwaymen and what does he put at the bandstand?

3. Why is Alice late meeting Florence and what ultimately happened?

4. What does "the Day" designate and how important is it to the people of Ft. Repose?

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

6. What is Dan using for antiseptic and for anesthetic?

7. What does Bill McGovern say to Randy about his warning from Mark?

8. How does Dan keep his car going and the Admiral's radio working?

9. What does Randy think of Florence at the beginning of the book?

10. Who asks Randy for permission to make corn whiskey and what does he need?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Alice becomes a learning resource for the community and helps Dan practice hypnosis for anesthesia. When old methods don't work or are not available, new methods for doing essential tasks must be found.

1. Do you think some interesting inventions might come out of this tragedy? Why or why not?

2. What do you think are the most important needs to survive in a world with no medical supplies or electricity? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Edgar Quisenberry is in denial, believing he has enough cash and the bank enough staying power to make it through. Pride and arrogance stop him from limiting withdrawals as his teller suggests.

1. Why do you think someone would withdraw into a delusion when afraid?

2. Describe a time when you or someone you know denied a situation because of fear.

3. Do you think if you had been in the situation when the bombs dropped you might go into denial? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Ironically, Edgar starts a bank run and single-handedly destroys the cash and credit he believes civilization needs to survive. He is humiliated and takes his own life because he cannot face it.

1. Do think humiliation could actually cause someone to commit suicide? Why or why not?

2. What do you usually do when you've been humiliated or very embarrassed?

3. What have you learned from times in which you've been humiliated or embarrassed? How would it relate to Edgar?

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