By the Waters of BabylonBy the Waters of Babylon
Also, in the year 1937, the Fascist forces of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, along with the German Luftwaffe, launched an aerial attack and bombed the city of Guernica (in the Basque part of Spain) into oblivion
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When John, the narrator, becomes a man, he goes on a to the Places of the Gods
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By the Waters of BabylonBy the Waters of Babylon
Place of the Gods this is most strictly forbidden. We do not even say its name though we know its name. It is there that spirits live, and demons it is there that there are the ashes of the Great Burning
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By the Waters of Babylon Multiple ChoiceBy the Waters of Babylon Multiple Choice
Critical ReadingIdentify the letter of the choice that best answers the question
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What is the setting of this story? What are the Dead Places?What is the setting of this story? What are the Dead Places?
Why does the narrator of “By the Waters of Babylon” visit the Place of the Dead even though visits are forbidden?
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Literary elements: The title is an allusion to Psalm 137: “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion…” In this psalm Jews who have been captured and enslaved in Babylon lament the destruction of their homeland, Zion
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What is the tone of the story? How does the use of John as a narrator affect the tone?
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