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 Edgar that Mark said about money?

2. What two cities near Randy's town are hit by nuclear blasts?

3. Why do Helen and Randy decide to go to Admiral Hazzard's house?

4. What does Randy hear when he is awakened from his bed shaking?

5. What does Alice say Randy is doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the bank when it gets low on money and what does Edgar do about it?

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

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

4. What does Florence tell Alice about Randy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Randy asks who won but Paul's answer includes the remark that there isn't much left to win, that it didn't really matter.

1. Do you think countries would ever have an all out nuclear war knowing that it would destroy civilization? Why or why not?

2. How do you think the U.S. was able to determine it had won the war? Do you think it mattered? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

A civilization takes many things for granted but realizes their value only in their absence.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement from the perspective of the book?

2. What do you think people in present day America take for granted?

3. Describe a time that you or someone you knew lost something or someone that/who was taken for granted.

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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