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. How old is Randy?

2. What does Randy remember about meeting Elizabeth McGovern?

3. What kind of music does Florence like to listen to?

4. How do Russia and NATO feel about the Mediterranean?

5. Why do Florence and Alice meet on Fridays?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Helen ask Admiral Hazzard and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The impact and implication of the nuclear conflict started that early December morning is so extensive the term used to denote it is singular, The Day.

1. Why do you think people call it "The Day" and kept time by before and after it? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. What other events have occurred in history that have changed the way time is recorded? How does one of the events relate to "The Day" in this book?

3. Tell about a time in your life or someone you know where you or someone you know thinks of life as "before" and "after."

Essay Topic 2

Randy recalls they used to say a big war would cost too much, disrupt world trade and bankrupt everybody. Helen calls him an idealist.

1. Why do you think Helen called Randy an idealist?

2. Do you think being idealistic is easier than being realistic? Why or why not?

3. Who do you know who is an idealist and why do you say that person is one?

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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