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. How does Jock feel about the threats that the settlers make towards Gemmy?

2. What did the natives often tell stories about?

3. Which of the McIvor children does Gemmy feel the greatest connection with?

4. Why does Gemmy fail to tell the settlers where certain landmarks are in the natives' community?

5. How do the settlers react when Gemmy gives them misinformation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the impact of Andy's story to the settlers about Gemmy's "visit"?

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

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

6. How does Andy come to discover Gemmy visits with the natives? How does he react?

7. How old does George Abbot want the people in the settlement to think he is? How old is he actually?

8. How does Ellen react to the changes in Jock?

9. What does Gemmy do to help the villagers understand him? Why does he need to do this?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes Remembering Babylon explores is the role of the land in people's lives.

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 2

There are several turning points in the plot of this novel. Select two major turning points in the plot and discuss:

1) how the event is a turning point; and,

2) how the story would be different if the event had gone in a different direction.

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Be sure to include:

1) a definition of "remembering Babylon";

2) the variety of meanings that the phrase takes on in the novel (beyond it's literal meaning); and,

3) what the phrase represents about the main characters' lives

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

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