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 Randy tell Mark?

2. What does Lib think about Randy living in Ft. Repose?

3. What does Randy tell Helen and the children when they join him outside?

4. Why does Randy think the period between 1870 and 1914 was wonderful?

5. How many supermarket carts does Randy fill?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who barges in on Randy after he returns home from his errands in town and what does she say?

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

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

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

6. How does Helen feel about leaving Mark and what is his answer and why does he say it?

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

8. What does the announcement from the Acting Chief Executive tell the people of Ft. Repose?

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

10. What does Mark do after his family leaves for Orlando before he reports to work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Randy dislikes violence and guns but draws his pistol to maintain order and get enough volunteers to bury Porky with his radioactive jewelry. The next change of circumstance alerts him to a lack of authority in Fort Repose.

1. Why do you think people need authority or government in order to behave properly? Use examples from the book and/or your life to support your answer.

2. Do you think from what you know of humans, there will ever be a time a large group of people living together in the same area would not need a form of universal governing? Why or why not?

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