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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Although radiation has reached Townsville, northern Australia, what is the situation?
(a) medical teams are treating the sick
(b) the cases are all light and survivable
(c) the winds have shifted back to the north
(d) there are still people alive there

2. What plants does Mary want around the house?
(a) ones that will come up fast
(b) ones that will survive not being wateres
(c) ones that take years to mature
(d) ones that they can eat

3. What does Dwight say is coming in very evenly all around the world?
(a) a lowering of temperature
(b) a rise in air temperature
(c) the radiation
(d) the measles

4. Where do Lt. Commander Peter Holmes of the Royal Australian Navy, his wife Mary, and baby daughter Jennifer live?
(a) in a flat over a pharmacy
(b) in a bungalow not far from Falmouth, Australia
(c) on the Navy Base at Flamouth
(d) in a hotel in Melbourne

5. For how long did the Russians and Chinese figure nuclear bombs would render land uninhabitable?
(a) about five years
(b) more than fifty years
(c) only a year
(d) under 20 years

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the USS Scorpion able to sail in spite of the fuel shortage?

2. What does Moira say about the way people are going on with their lives?

3. What are Dwight and Peter ordered not to do on the upcoming cruise?

4. Why does Osbourne say that perhaps people did not deserve the world?

5. What does Dwight tell Moira he would like to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the consensus about which countries actually started the war?

2. How had Dwight been warned of the possibility of the war?

3. How does the story begin?

4. Tell what is known about the global nuclear war.

5. What does Moira learn about Dwight while touring the submarine?

6. Describe what the USS Scorpion crew sees everywhere they go.

7. What does John Osbourne estimate was the size of the nuclear war that was fought?

8. What is Dwight's experience in church the weekend he spends with Peter and Mary?

9. Why have methods of transportation changed in Australia?

10. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?

(see the answer keys)

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