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 sort of impact did Gemmy have on both Janet's and Lachlan's earlier lives?

2. What does Lachlan find at the site where the "dispersal" supposedly took place?

3. Why is Jock relieved when the mob disperses?

4. What does George give Gemmy instead of his papers?

5. What does Gemmy do with the hunting ferrets one night when Willett passes out drunk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Janet realize on the night depicted in this chapter that makes her feel she has become an adult?

2. Describe the mob's attack on Gemmy.

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

4. Describe the two events that happen in this chapter which unnerve Jock.

5. Why does Sir George invite Mr. Frazer to speak with him? How does he react to Frazer's proposal?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Mr. Frazer react when Jim Sweetman refuses the native fruit? How does this contrast with his views on native plants at the end of the chapter?

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

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

Mrs. Hutchence's home plays an important role in the novel. It serves as a symbol on many levels. Discuss the significance of the house in the novel. Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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