Alas, Babylon Test | Final 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 two essential services were lost from the power failure?

2. What does Randy tell Ben about his father?

3. Why did the mayor barricade himself in at home while Randy arranged something for Porky?

4. Why is Peyton upset?

5. Who is the acting Chief Executive of the United States?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at Dan's office?

2. What does Randy think about the highwaymen after Dan tells him his story?

3. What kind of illness in town worries Dan and who seems to have it?

4. What happens to the frozen food at Randy's and what do they decide to do about it?

5. What does Randy see when the highwaymen ambush him and what does he do?

6. What is the problem the community is having with salt and fish?

7. In what shape do they find Dan and what happened to him?

8. What happened to Dan when he was beaten?

9. What does Randy plan to do about water for the house?

10. How do Dan and Randy figure out where the illness is coming from?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alice becomes a learning resource for the community and helps Dan practice hypnosis for anesthesia. When old methods don't work or are not available, new methods for doing essential tasks must be found.

1. Do you think some interesting inventions might come out of this tragedy? Why or why not?

2. What do you think are the most important needs to survive in a world with no medical supplies or electricity? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In times of deprivation, dream fantasies like Randy's coffee and eclairs relieve anxieties associated with desire. The dream is a real Lib and coffee but Randy selflessly asks to be sure everyone gets a ration of the scarce treats.

1. Why do you think Randy is dreaming of coffee and eclairs? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think dreaming or thinking about something you can't have is healthy? Why or why not?

3. How do you think the loss of common everyday items has changed Randy's character? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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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