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. What job does George Abbot hold?

2. What does Lachlan do that makes Janet feel insulted?

3. Why does Lachlan come to live with the McIvors?

4. Which of the McIvors is unsettled by Gemmy's presence in the house?

5. Why does Gemmy unnerve the settlers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gemmy move around the McIvors? How does this make the family feel? Why?

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

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

4. Describe Gemmy's appearance when the children first come upon him

5. Why does Lachlan boast so often? Why does this bother Janet?

6. Why do the settlers come to visit Mrs. Hutchence's house?

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

8. How does Jock's opinion of his neighbors change in this chapter?

9. What is Andy's version of the meeting Gemmy has with the natives? What is incorrect about his version?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes Remembering Babylon explores is the impact of the past on the present.

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

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

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.

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