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 is Ned Corcoran's opinion of Gemmy?

2. Who does Lachlan plan to travel the world with?

3. What happens to Gemmy when he observes the white settlers?

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

5. Which of the following describes Lachlan's demeanor when he arrived in Australia?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Brisbane when the McIvors arrived there.

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

4. Describe the attributes that make Mrs. Hutchence unique in the community

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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