By the Rivers of Babylon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nelson Demille
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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. Why is Miriam Bernstein excited about what the day will bring?

2. What information does General Talman give to Chaim Mazar to thank him for his help?

3. Why would Tom Richardson and John McClure be able to leave under a flag of surrender?

4. What does Ahmed Rish refer to as the joker in the deck?

5. What king is identified on all the bricks in Babylon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Benjamin Dobkin react to Jacob Hausner's assumption of leadership within the defenders?

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

3. What is Ummah and why is it important?

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

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

6. Why does Abdel Majid Jabari tell Ibrahim Ali Arif that he is a very self-centered man?

7. What other military group had Teddy Laskov belonged to before he fought for Israel, and why had he left it?

8. A number of characters feel they have failed when the Lear jet comes into the air space of the Concorde. Who feels responsible for their failure to protect the aircraft, and why?

9. Why is Teddy Laskov unsure of his standing with Miriam Bernstein?

10. What reputation do the Jews have regarding terrorism and how is it affecting the present situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Miriam Bernstein is deeply committed to the peace process and affected by the early events that took her family from her. In your essay, describe the changes that the events in the story have caused to take place in Miriam Bernstein.

Essay Topic 2

The hot desert wind has many names: Hamseen, Sharav, and Sherji. It has importance as a symbol to the Arabs and Israelis in this story as well as playing a physical part in the outcome of the story. In your essay, explain the effect of the wind on the minds and bodies of the characters.

Essay Topic 3

The quotation of scriptural prophecies create the impression that DeMille wants readers to see the characters in this story as part of Biblical prophecy. In your essay, analyze whether these characters see themselves as part of a long history or as isolated participants in a single event, alone and unsupported in the larger world. Use quotations from the story to substantiate your opinion.

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