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 does George give Gemmy instead of his papers?

2. What does Mrs. Hutchence give Gemmy that sparks memories of his childhood?

3. How does Mrs. Hutchence remove the bees from Janet when they swarm her?

4. How long did Gemmy remain at sea?

5. What is Mrs. Hutchence's hobby?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Sir George's vision for Queensland?

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

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

4. Describe the mob's attack on Gemmy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The inscription of Remembering Babylon includes a poem by John Clare. Re-read this poem and discuss the meaning of it in reference to the novel as a whole (What does it mean to you now that you have read the entire novel? Why?) and discuss the author's choice of this inscription (Why do you think he chose this poem?)

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the settlers in this novel. How are each of the settlers similar/different? Then discuss why you think the author presents this variety of characters in the novel. Be sure to cite specific evidence from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Flashbacks play an important role Remembering Babylon. Select two flashback scenes in the novel and:

1) describe what happens in the scene

2) discuss how this flashback fits into the main plot of the story

3) analyze the importance of including this particular flashback at this point in the story. What impact does the flashback have on the story? How would it be different if it was not there?

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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