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 Paul say about the personnel at McCoy?

2. Where do Syrian tanks go near the beginning of the book?

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

4. Why do Florence and Alice meet on Fridays?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens in the "Hole" when General Hawker returns and talks with Mark?

4. Why does Mark give Randy a check, what might they do with the money and how do they part?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When Randy meets Mark at McCoy the political situation is bad. The brothers realize they may never see each other again and Randy stops in sorrow on the way home.

1. Why do you think Mark is not coming to Fr. Repose with his family?

2. If you were Mark, would you do what he is doing or would you come to Ft. Repose with your family? Why or why not?

3. How would you feel if you saw a member of your family at an airport and knew you would probably never see that person again?

Essay Topic 3

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."

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