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. Why does Dan stop by to see Lib?

2. What does Admiral Hazzard have for news?

3. What kind of daily routine does Florence have?

4. How do Lib's parents feel about Randy?

5. Why is Mrs. Josephine Vanbruuker-Brown important after the Day?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who are the Bragg brothers and what are they both doing at the beginning of the book?

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

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

5. How does Randy plan to find and battle the highwaymen?

6. What does Randy plan to do about water for the house?

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

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

9. What happens when Malachai stops at the ambush?

10. How do they take care of Porky Logan's body?

Essay 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

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

"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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