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 Admiral Hazzard think about Moscow?

2. Where does the Secretary of State fly for conferences to try and avoid a war?

3. Who is Missouri?

4. What is the Saratoga?

5. What did the Russians launch at the beginning of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Florence Wechek and what is discovered about her at the beginning of the book?

2. Randy receives a call from Western Union. Who is the telegram from and what does it say and mean?

3. What does Helen ask Admiral Hazzard and why?

4. Who's the second person to stop in at Randy's house after he returned from town?

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

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

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

8. Where does Randy find Dan and what happens?

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

10. What does Randy hear on the radio while driving to Orlando?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 1 it may seem that Randy is a developing alcoholic but he says as long as he just enjoys but doesn't crave, he's okay.

1. Do you think people can't be alcoholics if they don't think they are? Why or why not?

2. What do you think are the symptoms of alcoholism?

3. Do you think if someone has a drink in the morning that makes him/her an alcoholic? Why or why not?

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

Ben is upset that he shoots what he sees as a wolf but is a pet German Shepherd. Randy consoles Ben that dogs can turn into wolves at times like these.

1. What kind of circumstances do you think might have force the German shepherd into a wild animal?

2. What do you think would keep men from turning from civilized men to murderers and thieves at a time like in this book?

3. Describe another situation besides the one in the book that could make decent people turn bad.

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