By the Rivers of Babylon Test | Final Test - Easy

Nelson Demille
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many of Jacob Hausner's security team were killed?
(a) Five out of six.
(b) Six out of six.
(c) Three out of four.
(d) None of them.

2. Why does Teddy Laskov show the colors to the passengers on the C-130s?
(a) It is a show of defiance.
(b) It is good for morale.
(c) To identify his sudden presence.
(d) To let them know he is on their side.

3. How does Ahmed Rish manage to wound Jacob Hausner?
(a) By throwing sand in his face.
(b) By attacking with a concealed knife.
(c) By mocking his failure as head of security for the flight.
(d) By shooting him from behind.

4. What does Ahmed Rish think is the advantage the gods have sent the attackers?
(a) The wind.
(b) The quiet.
(c) The darkness.
(d) The heat.

5. Why does Ahmed Rish need to keep the defenders alive?
(a) The defenders can testify that Ahmed Rish treated them fairly.
(b) Without hostages, Ahmed Rish has no power to negotiate.
(c) Ahmed Rish does not want to be tried for murder.
(d) Ahmed Rish wants to torture the defenders.

6. How does Ibrahim Arif support the defense effort?
(a) By taunting Ahmed Rish and Salem Hamadi.
(b) By taunting the defenders to make them angrier.
(c) By taunting Jacob Hausner.
(d) By taunting the Palestinian orphans.

7. Why is helping the rescue operation a no-lose situation for the Iraqi government?
(a) The peace mission will be salvaged either way and Iraq wants peace.
(b) If it fails, it's an Israeli tragedy; if it succeeds, Iraq has helped.
(c) Iraq will get good international publicity either way.
(d) The news will show the impregnability of Iraq to the world.

8. Why do the attackers continue forward with Israeli forces coming up behind them?
(a) Falling back is certain death at the hands of Ahmed Rish.
(b) Capturing a hostage will keep them alive.
(c) The Israelis in front are less well-armed.
(d) They are fatigued and confused.

9. Who is Sayid Talib?
(a) A wounded Ashbal.
(b) A spy.
(c) A seller of dates.
(d) A Jewish Iraqi.

10. Why is the language similarity between Hebrew and Arabic ironic?
(a) The peoples are linguistically similar but geographically separated.
(b) The words are similar, but the meanings are different.
(c) The two languages are similar; the two peoples are ancient enemies.
(d) The languages are similar, but they cannot understand one another.

11. What makes Babylon so difficult for outside help to access?
(a) The hostile central government.
(b) The flooding Euphrates and the wind.
(c) The lack of roads and communication systems.
(d) The language barrier.

12. Which colorful character's end is not known, so that he might turn up again in another DeMille novel?
(a) Ahmed Rish.
(b) Tom Richardson.
(c) Jacob Hausner.
(d) John McClure.

13. What does Major Bartok find ironic about Isaac Burg's account of the incident?
(a) Women overcame men.
(b) The defenders didn't want for the rescuers.
(c) A peace delegation defeated an armed force.
(d) Israelis defeated Palestinians.

14. What does Jacob Hausner say is more awful than the desolation of Babylon when he looks at the picture of Ahmed Rish?
(a) The human mind in ruins.
(b) People's faith abandoned.
(c) The human soul debased.
(d) The human body degraded.

15. What is the Hebrew word for the Hamseen?
(a) Shalom.
(b) Sharav.
(c) Scirocco.
(d) Sherji.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Jacob Hausner think he has been cursed rather than blessed when he escapes death again?

2. What interrupts Benjamin Dobkin's conversation with Jerusalem?

3. How long does the second attack last?

4. To what Biblical scribe does Miriam Bernstein compare David Becker?

5. What is the problem when Benjamin Dobkin makes telephone contact with Jerusalem?

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