Remembering Babylon Test | Final 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 Sir George's role in Queensland?

2. What impresses Gemmy about Mr. Frazer?

3. What happens when Gemmy wakens from his nightmare?

4. Where has Mr. Frazer taken Gemmy's papers?

5. What role does Lachlan initially take with Gemmy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens to Janet in this chapter when she removes her bonnet and veil while beekeeping.

2. How does George Abbot trick Gemmy in this chapter? Why does he do this?

3. What did Gemmy do that affected Janet and Lachlan's lives?

4. Why is Gemmy desperate to get "his papers" back from George and Mr. Frazer?

5. How does Gemmy help Mrs. Hutchence with her beekeeping?

6. How do Lachlan's relationships with the other settler children change over time? What causes this change?

7. What event brings Janet and Lachlan back together after many years?

8. How does Lachlan's relationship with Gemmy change over time?

9. Why doesn't Jock ask Gemmy to leave the farm after the two incidents in this chapter?

10. Describe how Gemmy's strength is restored during his visit with the natives.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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