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. Where did Dan stop to look for notices of sick people?

2. What does Peyton find that lifts everyone's spirits?

3. Why does Dan think Jim had a bad brood of bees?

4. Why is Peyton upset?

5. Who is driving Randy when they find the highwaymen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happened to Dan when he was beaten?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Randy recalls they used to say a big war would cost too much, disrupt world trade and bankrupt everybody. Helen calls him an idealist.

1. Why do you think Helen called Randy an idealist?

2. Do you think being idealistic is easier than being realistic? Why or why not?

3. Who do you know who is an idealist and why do you say that person is one?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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