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 Randy think the period between 1870 and 1914 was wonderful?

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

3. What has been declared on the radio?

4. Where does Randy see lines of cars as he drives into town?

5. What does Admiral Hazzard have for news?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Dan say about Peyton's eyes and what does he do about them?

4. What does Rita say about the highwaymen and what does she do?

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

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

7. What are some of the things Randy discovers a few months after the Day, what does he miss and how does he feel?

8. What does Florence tell Alice about Randy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

Randy returns with a fleet of boats full of salt and blue crab to a dining table heaped with delicious roast armadillo, and a kitchen sink with four large black bass. Three crying women convince him women need a man around.

1. Do you think that women were viewed differently at the time this book was published? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think Peyton is being treated fairly by her family and especially her brother? Why or why not?

3. If you were a child in this book would you rather be Peyton or Ben? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Randy's final humiliation of Edgar by trading paper for cash to buy goods symbolizes the fate he boasts won't happen with him in charge.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Edgar is unwilling to see what might be the reality of the situation with his bank?

3. Describe one other use of symbolism you've seen in the book so far.

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