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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 does the Prime Minister say they want from Dwight and his crew?
(a) to have a detailed report ready
(b) to set some new endurance records
(c) to return in good health
(d) to find some life in the north

2. In Australia, what do they figure will go a little before Sydney?
(a) Tasmania
(b) Melbourne
(c) Perth
(d) Cape Town

3. How is it recorded that the people died?
(a) slowly
(b) tidily
(c) messily
(d) grusomely

4. What will happen when the radiation covers the Southern hemisphere?
(a) it will be safe to head north
(b) global warming will cause floods
(c) rabbits and dogs will die first
(d) everyone on Earth will be dead

5. What had the Swordfish done that everyone was talking about?
(a) It pulled into its home port and found no one alive
(b) sunk a Russian nuclear sub
(c) diffused a nuclear bomb that had not exploded
(d) broken the ice at the South Pole

Short Answer Questions

1. What are Peter and Mary doing while Dwight and Moira attend church?

2. What does Moira's father ask Dwight?

3. Who do Peter and Mary invite to their house to keep Dwight entertained?

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

5. Who is in command on the USS Scorpion?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Moira's attitude toward life.

3. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?

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

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

6. In what way does Dwight hold out some hope for the situation?

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

8. How has the war simplified life in Australia to a large extent?

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

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

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