By the Rivers of Babylon Test | Final 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. How does Ibrahim Arif support the defense effort?

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

3. Who is Saul Ezer?

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

5. What does Jacob Hausner order Miriam Bernstein to do before the final battle?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Jacob Hausner think it is better for Miriam Bernstein to cry and howl when she is suffering pain and grief?

3. Why is Salim Tayid able to survive when none of the other Ashbals attacking the west bank do?

4. 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"?

5. What advantages does the Sherji, the hot desert wind, give to the attackers?

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

7. Why does Dr. Al-Thanni remind Joshua Giddel of Archimedes?

8. Why does Benjamin Dobkin initially direct is call to Athens, and then change his mind?

9. How have the attackers improved their tactics for the second attack?

10. Which countries are now involved in the events in Babylon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dramatic irony takes place when the reader knows vital information that the characters do not. There is one place in this story where dramatic irony is in full effect. In your essay, discuss that situation and the effect that it has upon the suspense of a reader.

Essay Topic 2

What irony do you see in that fact that Arabic and Hebrew are so closely related linguistically? "Salaam," the Arabic word for peace, and "Shalom," the Hebrew word for peace, are examples. In your essay, discuss the following question: What more is required to produce peace than linguistic similarity?

Essay Topic 3

Tone is the way the author feels about his subject. DeMille's tone ranges from the deeply poetic and meaningful Bible passages he quotes to bloody scenes of torture. In your essay, analyze the tone of this story. How do you think DeMille feels about the political forces behind the action in this story? How can you tell?

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