Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Osbourne say about the world?
2. For how long did the Russians and Chinese figure nuclear bombs would render land uninhabitable?
3. What does Dwight encourage Moira to do?
4. Why does Dwight think forty percent of his crew will not return to the Scorpion?
5. Who do Peter and John meet at the Pastoral Club in Melbourne?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the story begin?
2. Why have methods of transportation changed in Australia?
3. In what way does Dwight hold out some hope for the situation?
4. Describe what becomes John's coffin.
5. On the long voyage of the Scorpion, what are they able to learn about San Francisco?
6. Explain why Peter, a navy lieutenant-commander, has not worked for the past seven months.
7. What is Dwight's experience in church the weekend he spends with Peter and Mary?
8. Explain Moira's answer that she will face the facts of life next September.
9. What does Peter know when the radio calmly announces there are radiation sickness cases in the city?
10. How does John say the sickness goes near the end?
Write an essay about optimism as the mirror image of denial. Express the difference between optimism and denial. Give examples from the novel that indicate an optimism that something might happen to prevent the approaching radiation cloud from reaching Melbourne.
Write an essay about planning for the future. In your essay use Mary Holmes' garden as an example of planning for the future. In your essay point out that Mary did not think about what would prevent her from enjoying the fruits of her plans. Include the idea that if no plans are made, there is no goal in life, and therefore nothing can be accomplished.
Write an essay about the pointlessness of using alcohol or drugs to avoid facing realities. Mention how people in the novel first started having boisterous parties with lots of alcohol consumption but later realized that it was not helping to solve the problem. Turn you essay to people who attempt to use mind altering substances as a way of dealing with problems of a much smaller scale than the extreme problem of ON THE BEACH.
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