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 Florence tell Alice about Randy?

2. What is the Saratoga?

3. What does Bill McGovern call Randy when he goes in the living room?

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

5. What does Mark propose to General Hawker at five in the morning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where did Randy go after he left the bank and what did he do?

4. What happens when Mark's flight arrives at McCoy?

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

6. What does Randy do when he first arrives at McCoy and what does he see?

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

8. What kind of encounter does Randy have with Florence and Alice after he is alone the evening of his errands to town?

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

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

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

Dan briefs Randy on the beating incident so he can make plans to take action. His earlier observation that dogs can become wolves is indicative of the change of heart Randy has in the wake of Dan's beating. The highwaymen are a threat to the River Road enclave and the community as a whole. Randy calmly says he will kill them.

1. How does this statement show a change in Randy's attitude towards life? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think "law of the jungle" will always prevail in this type of situation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

"Alas, Babylon" is from Revelation and signifies impending doom. Mark and Randy agree the previous Christmas that "Alas, Babylon" signifies a potential nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union.

1. What would be your thoughts if you had been in Randy's position when he received the telegram?

2. Do you think Randy should tell his friends about the telegram? Why or why not?

3. Do you think it is fair for Mark to try and save his family because he is in the position to know about a possible war ahead of time? Why or why not?

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