Remembering 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. Which of Jock's neighbors is concerned about having a "white black man" living near him?

2. How does Gemmy react when he speaks to the children?

3. What happened to two of the McIvors' children?

4. Who does Gemmy get to know better through visits to Mrs. Hutchence's house?

5. Which of the settlers seems to understand and connect with Gemmy the most in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the events that occurred during the McIvors first years in Australia

2. Where does George want to travel to when he graduates from school? Why is this his dream?

3. What does Comet River represent for the white settlers?

4. What sort of relationship does Gemmy have with the natives while he is living with them? How does he "fit" into their society?

5. Describe George's relationship with Mr. Robertson.

6. How does Gemmy attempt to maintain his ties to the aborigines in this chapter?

7. What does Jock do when the men confront him about Gemmy's visit with the natives?

8. Describe the game that the children were playing before they found Gemmy on the beach

9. How does Lachlan act towards Gemmy while walking him back to the development? What does Lachlan pretend Gemmy is?

10. How does Gemmy attempt to protect the natives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Race plays an important role in this novel. Discuss several situations where the body is central to the plot of the story. Focus on what the human body is serving as a symbol of at that point in the novel. Be sure to cite specific details from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Malouf's descriptive language lends a layer of richness to the experience of reading Remembering Babylon. Select three instances where the author uses strong sensory language and:

1) describe the language he uses; and,

2) discuss the impact of the language on your experience of reading this scene. How does your understanding of the story change because of this language? How is it enhanced? Is it more or less pleasurable? Why?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the settlers in this novel. How are each of the settlers similar/different? Then discuss why you think the author presents this variety of characters in the novel. Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

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