By the Waters of Babylon Questions and Answers
How does the use of dramatic irony in "By the Waters of Babylon" suggest the loss of knowledge that may occur when a civilization falls?
"Eating Knowledge Too Fast"? From "The Waters of Babylon," what does John mean by "perhaps the olden days ate knowledge too fast"? And in your own opinion does our society eat knowledge too fast? explain. thnx
In "By the Waters of Babylon," what is John really seeing when he talks about the god-roads, the caves, and the tunnels?
What does UBTREAS mean in "By the Waters of Babylon"? John finds this at some broken columns and he could only read half. Any help would be great. thanks
What is the importance of the title "By the Waters of Babylon," and what is the problem with the Forest People?
3. At the end of the story, John’s father tells John, “Truth is a hard dear to hunt. If you eat too much truth at once, you may die of the truth. It was not idly [for no good reason] that our fathers forbade the Dead Places.” What do you think his father means by this statement? What advice or warning is he giving to John, the future leader of the tribe?
In "By the Waters of Babylon," how does the first-person point of view affect what the reader knows about John and about events in the story?
In "By the Waters of Babylon", what does John learn about the gods and why doesn't his dad want him to share it?
In "By the Waters of Babylon," why are the narrator and his father allowed to touch metals from the dead places?
Why does John's father want to keep secret what John has learned about the Place of Gods in By the Waters of Babylon?
In the story "By the Waters of Babylon," why does John set out on his journey, and why is it unusual?
What is the meaning of the title of the story "By the Waters of Babylon," and how does it connect to the story?
In "By the Waters of Babylon," what kind of a person is the narrator of the story? Is he a reliable narrator? Also, how do diction & syntax used in the story fit the character?
In "By the Waters of Babylon", what are three things John finds in the "Place of the Gods" and why does he think things are magic.
Any ideas for the "sequel" of "By the Waters of Babylon"? My teacher has asked us to write a short sequel of "By the Waters of Babylon" and I'm not really creative at all, so does anyone have any good ideas? Thanks so much.
How does Benet use setting to create a mood of suspense and hold our interest? What does this setting reveal about John's character?
What does John's father tell him about his dream? What do these words reveal about the reason it is forbidden to travel east?
Explain the quotation: "Truth is a hard deer to hunt. If you eat too much truth at once, you may die of the truth."
In "By the Waters of the Babylon" what does John notice about the way the gods lived in the past? How do you think John was able to see these things?
At what point in the story does the reader begin to figure out what the Place of Gods is in "By the Waters of Babylon"?
In the story "By the Waters of Babylon" what could have caused the Great Burning and the Destruction?
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