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. How does Dan keep gas in his car?

2. Why does Ben need surgery?

3. What does Randy decide about the Henrys' hens?

4. What does Randy do with the highwayman who was taken prisoner?

5. Who gets Dan to stop on the way home from seeing the children?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened to the electrical service at Ft. Repose?

2. What is Dan using for antiseptic and for anesthetic?

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

4. What has Peyton found in the attic and what does Randy say to her?

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

6. What happens at Dan's office?

7. When were Lib and Randy married? Who performed the service? What did the bride and groom wear?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Crises expose the nature of characters in Fort Repose. Randy and his neighbors on River Road struggle to survive by helping each other make the best of what they have.

1. Why do you think a crisis shows who people really are? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. If you were in a crisis as severe as the one in this book, who in your life would be the best person to have with you? Why?

3. How do you think your behavior would change if something like the crisis in this book occurred?

Essay Topic 2

They take one prisoner to hang the next day in town. They leave three dead highwaymen to rot on the road as a silent witness that crime in Fort Repose won't pay.

1. Justice has been changed by "The Day." No trials, appeals, etc. just martial law and a swift hanging. Do you think this is good or bad? Why or why not?

2. Why do you think Randy wanted to hang the highwayman instead of just shooting him out on the road?

3. If you had the responsibility that Randy has how would you have handled the problem of highwaymen? Use several examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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