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. What does Jacob Hausner say will be their first action if they are overrun?

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

3. What language does Benjamin Dobkin speak to the villagers he encounters?

4. Who is Saul Ezer?

5. Why is Saul Ezer encouraged by the delegates in New York?

Short Essay Questions

1. Once radio contact is established, why doesn't Teddy Laskov ask David Becker if Miriam Bernstein is still alive?

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

3. What is the purpose of Ibrahim Arif's taunting of Salem Hamadi?

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

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

6. Why does the Prime Minister decide to ask the Americans to do the air reconnaissance mission over Iraq?

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

8. What lesson has Salem Hamadi learned as he watches the way Ahmed Rish deals with the young Ashbals?

9. Why does Ahmed Rish have to wash his face and hands after his interrogation of Deborah Gideon?

10. What does Naomi Haber do that leads to the death of Nathan Brin?

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

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

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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