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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. What weapons were used in the Russian-Chinese war?
(a) siberians and mongals
(b) dirty bombs
(c) hydrogen and cobalt bombs
(d) small atomic warheads

2. What assignment does Peter receive?
(a) commander of the H.M.A.S Melbourne
(b) liaison officer on the USS Scorpion
(c) paymaster for the Royal Australian Navy
(d) communications officer on the USS Swordfish

3. Who knows about the destination for the upcoming trip of the USS Scorpion according to Dwight?
(a) only John Osbourne who carries sealed orders
(b) only Peter, John, and him
(c) only Peter and him who have told Mary and Moira
(d) everyone except him

4. What social gathering have Peter and Mary just hosted as the story opens?
(a) a barbecue
(b) a family reunion
(c) a sock hop
(d) a formal dinner

5. After the war, where was a conference held to assess the situation?
(a) Wellington, New Zealand
(b) Falmouth, Australia
(c) Sydney, Australia
(d) Christ Church, New Zealand

Short Answer Questions

1. When does the story take place?

2. What have Peter and Mary learned to do because of the shortages?

3. What does Moira call the submarine trips into the Northern hemisphere?

4. Why does Peter not hold out much hope for a naval assignment?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the USS Swordfish illustrate the movement of the radiation?

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

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

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

7. What is notable about Mary's plans for her garden?

8. Why have methods of transportation changed in Australia?

9. How does Shute explain the proliferation of atomic weapons?

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

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