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 do the settlers put on the McIvors' fence?

2. What is the only name that George Abbot recognizes in Gemmy's description of what he wants from the teacher?

3. Where does Janet live in this chapter?

4. What is Sir George's role in Queensland?

5. What does the mob do when Jock approaches them near the creek?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Gemmy come to be on the island of Queensland?

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. Describe the event that caused Willett's death.

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

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

8. How have Mr. Frazer's views on botany changed since Gemmy has come to the settlement?

9. 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?

10. Describe the mob's attack on Gemmy.

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 superstition.

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

The past (i.e., time before he is discovered by Lachlan and Janet) is essential to Gemmy's development as a character. Discuss at least three events/people from the past that influenced Gemmy's character. Focus on describing the event as well as discussing how the event determined the person Gemmy becomes. Be sure to cite specific details from the novel to support your ideas.

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