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 provides news from the outside?

2. On what day do Lib and Randy marry?

3. How does Randy plan to get drinking water for his house?

4. What color is Dan's beard?

5. Who has been stealing the Henrs' chickens?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What happened to Dan when he was beaten?

7. What happens at Dan's office?

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

9. What happens when Malachai stops at the ambush?

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

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

The impact and implication of the nuclear conflict started that early December morning is so extensive the term used to denote it is singular, The Day.

1. Why do you think people call it "The Day" and kept time by before and after it? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. What other events have occurred in history that have changed the way time is recorded? How does one of the events relate to "The Day" in this book?

3. Tell about a time in your life or someone you know where you or someone you know thinks of life as "before" and "after."

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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