By the Rivers of 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 does Major Bartok find ironic about Isaac Burg's account of the incident?

2. What ritual proceeding does the rabbi call a "strange custom"?

3. How does Isaac Burg explain the defenders' success?

4. Why is helping the rescue operation a no-lose situation for the Iraqi government?

5. What keeps Salem Hamadi from murdering Ahmed Rish?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Yigael Tekoah become a hero?

2. How does the guard recognize that Benjamin Dobkin is not an Ashbal?

3. What is Peter Kahn's biggest concern throughout the ordeal?

4. What does Major Bartok find surprising about Nathan Burg's report of the incident?

5. To what does Major Bartok eventually attribute the successful defense of Concorde 02?

6. Why does Miriam Bernstein believe the role of the scribe is so important?

7. Why does Dr. Al-Thanni recommend that Joshua Giddel make no attempt to rescue Benjamin Dobkin?

8. Why do Jacob Hausner and Nathan Burg conclude that the conduct of a war is too important to be left to politicians?

9. How and when was Jeremiah's prophecy fulfilled that said, "The sea shall come up upon Babylon; she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof"?

10. What motives does Nathan Burg attribute to Jacob Hausner for wanting to stay behind when the aircraft left the mountaintop?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Diaspora - the scattering of captive Jews throughout different lands as a result of captivity - has a strong effect on Jews in Israel as well as on those who are themselves scattered. In your essay, discuss the effect on this story of the Jews in the Iraqi Ummah.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The setting is critical to this story. In your essay, outline the cultural and political setting in which the characters find themselves. Consider the contrast between the tourists who will come later in the year to visit the site of the ancient Babylonian captivity and the characters who are themselves actually captive there.

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