By the Rivers of Babylon Test | Mid-Book 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 does the intruder order Laskov to do?

2. What does Jacob Hausner believe Ahmed Rish will do with all hostages?

3. Where is Miriam Bernstein's husband, Yosef?

4. How many children does Nuri Salameh have?

5. Why does Hausner say he mistrusts the peace delegation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the kheffiyah worn by Abdel Majid Jabari symbolize and why does it put him in danger?

2. What change comes over David Becker as he pilots the endangered aircraft?

3. What compels the stay-behind members of the Palestinian Auxiliary Corps to shell the Lod Airport?

4. As an Algerian in France, Nuri Salameh is a "stranger in a strange land." Do you think that situation makes a difference in his decision to obey Ahmed Rish and plant the bomb on the aircraft?

5. What is the metaphor that Ahmed Rish uses about the joker in the deck?

6. Why is Dr. George Habash's quotation frightening?

7. How do the Israelis know that there had to be a spy working inside Israel to effect the capture of the Concorde?

8. Why does Jacob Hausner believe it important to establish the chain of command?

9. How does Nathan Brin deduce the power source for the radio-controlled bomb?

10. What does Abdel Majid Jabari's position in the Knesset tell us about the Jewish leadership?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jacob Hausner comes to hope that Teddy Laskov will continue to be Miriam Bernstein's lover. This hope seems a strange one for a man in love. Why do you think that Jacob Hausner would want another man to take his place with the woman he loves? What personal characteristics would he need to feel that kind of hope? In your essay, describe the changes that the events in this story have caused in Jacob Hausner.

Essay Topic 2

Abdel Majid Jabari and Ibrahim Arif are in the same situation, but their personalities and responses are very different. Remember that Abdel Majid Jabari has suffered physical damage because of his commitment to Israel. Write an essay comparing and contrasting the two men.

Essay Topic 3

Masada is important both as a cautionary tale and as a plan for the trapped defenders. Research the happenings at Masada and write an essay explaining its similarities and differences to the fictional situation in this story, and its importance in the minds of the characters.

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