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. What does Admiral Hazzard think about Moscow?

3. What has been declared on the radio?

4. What kind of books does Kitty Offenhaus tell Alice to remove from the library?

5. Who is Sir Percy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Mark do after his family leaves for Orlando before he reports to work?

4. What does Florence tell Alice about Randy?

5. Who barges in on Randy after he returns home from his errands in town and what does she say?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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