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 happens to Dan when he tries to keep his medical bag?

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

3. What two essential services were lost from the power failure?

4. What is the wedding present Bill gives Lib and Randy?

5. Who left a note his children were sick?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens at Dan's office?

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

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

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

9. What happens to the Admiral's shortwave and what can be done about it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bill's nickname is Bigmouth so Randy avoids answering why he buys so much whiskey. Judge Bragg taught him bluffing is okay but lying is not.

1. What do you think is meant by this statement?

2. Do you think there is a difference between "bluffing" and "lying?" Why or why not?

3. Do you think Randy should tell everyone in Ft. Repose the truth instead of trying to hide it?

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

Ironically, Edgar starts a bank run and single-handedly destroys the cash and credit he believes civilization needs to survive. He is humiliated and takes his own life because he cannot face it.

1. Do think humiliation could actually cause someone to commit suicide? Why or why not?

2. What do you usually do when you've been humiliated or very embarrassed?

3. What have you learned from times in which you've been humiliated or embarrassed? How would it relate to Edgar?

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