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. Why does Jock become disgusted when his neighbors tell him about Gemmy's visit with the natives?

2. Why is Jock concerned about Barney's reaction to Gemmy?

3. Who observes Gemmy's visitors?

4. How does Abbot react when students answer questions incorrectly?

5. How did Gemmy come to be on Queensland?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Abbot do to cultivate the idea that he is older than he is?

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

3. What does Ellen recount for the children when she finds out that Lachlan will be coming to live with the McIvors?

4. How do Gemmy's language skills change as he begins observing the white settlers?

5. How does Gemmy's arrival disrupt Jock's lifestyle?

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

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

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

9. Describe Gemmy's relationship with Mr. Frazer in this chapter.

10. Describe Brisbane when the McIvors arrived there.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The setting of Remembering Babylon strongly influences the plot of the novel. Discuss the role that the setting plays in this novel. Focus on how it influences the choices and actions of the characters. Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes Remembering Babylon explores is the contrast between native and "developed" cultures.

1) Describe at least three scenes where this theme is developed.

2) Discuss what the novel has to say about this theme.

3) Critique the author's viewpoint on this theme. Do you agree or disagree with his beliefs? Why?

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

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Remembering Babylon, David Malouf weaves actual events from history into his fictional story. Select one of the situations where he places his characters within a real historical context and:

1) describe the historical context of the scene or chapter (e.g., What actually happened in history that Malouf uses in the book?); and,

2) discuss the relationship between the historical context and the fictional story. What does this piece of history have to do with Gemmy's/the settlers' life/lives? Why does Malouf choose to place these characters at this particular point in the story in this particular historical context?

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

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