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

2. What does Moira offer to do for Dwight?
(a) to cook fried checken
(b) to polish his shoes
(c) to mend his laundry
(d) to massage his back

3. What are the people of Melbourne doing to cope with the reality of pending death?
(a) having large family reunions
(b) having boisterous, uninhibited and lighthearted parties
(c) attending church services
(d) pretending the threat does not exist

4. What does Osbourne say about the world?
(a) it will become a vast desert planet like Mars
(b) it will go on, there just won't be people
(c) it will collapse from carbon pollutions
(d) it will disintegrate slowly

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Peter get to town and to the local farmer for milk?

2. Why does it not take long to bring Osbourne on board the submarine?

3. Why does the USS Swordfish not come to Australia?

4. Who is in command on the USS Scorpion?

5. Why does Peter not take the car to Melbourne?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe briefly what the story is about.

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

4. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?

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

6. How has the boisterous revelry of the townspeople changed over the past year?

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

8. Describe Moira's attitude toward life.

9. What is Moira's objection to Dwight's suggestion that she go to school?

10. What is the reason Sir Froude is drinking wine against his doctor's orders?

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