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 was wrong with the children Dan went to treat?

2. Although Randy does not miss whiskey in the morning, what does he miss?

3. What is Randy dreaming about as he wakes at the beginning of Chapter 10?

4. What does Randy tell Bubba about the cost of getting rid of Porky's body?

5. Why does Dan say the fish haven't been poisoned by radiation?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Randy plan to find and battle the highwaymen?

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

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

5. Who asks Randy for permission to make corn whiskey and what does he need?

6. How do they take care of Porky Logan's body?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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