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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. Why does it not take long to bring Osbourne on board the submarine?
(a) most of his equipment is portable
(b) he is in a hurry to get started
(c) he will use the ship's equipment
(d) he is passed out drunk and carried onto the ship

2. How did the war escalate?
(a) the nuclear fallout began affecting other countries
(b) no one really knows
(c) when Japan joined the conflict
(d) other countries seeing a chance to gain territory

3. Why does Moira think going to school is ridiculous?
(a) there will be no time to use what she learns
(b) there are no jobs anymore
(c) she never liked going to school
(d) she is too old to learn

4. How long as it been since Peter had an assignment?
(a) seven months
(b) a year and a half
(c) a year
(d) seventeen months

5. Who do Peter and Mary invite to their house to keep Dwight entertained?
(a) Mary Paul
(b) Moira Davidson
(c) Caroline Moresby
(d) Jennifer Holmes

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Dwight think forty percent of his crew will not return to the Scorpion?

2. Why does the USS Swordfish leave Rio for Montevideo?

3. Why does Peter ride his bicycle to Mr. Paul's farm?

4. What are some people putting on top of Mount Kosciusko?

5. Why are they quarantined on the Scorpion for a few days?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it mean that the people had all died tidily?

2. Explain why Peter, a navy lieutenant-commander, has not worked for the past seven months.

3. How do some people hold the hope that one day humans will again populate the Earth?

4. Why have people grown accustomed to the radiation coming their way and just go about their regular business?

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

6. Explain Moira's answer that she will face the facts of life next September.

7. Explain where is it deemed possible that life might actually be able to continue on Earth?

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

9. How is Moira Davidson dealing with the eminent threat of death by radiation?

10. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?

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