On the Beach Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do they figure will go before Melbourne?

3. What will happen when the radiation covers the Southern hemisphere?

4. After the war, where was a conference held to assess the situation?

5. How does Dwight want to think about people in the Northern hemisphere?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does John Osbourne tell Peter when he asks about how much more time they have?

2. What is Mary's initial reaction to the suicide pills and syringe?

3. Why do things begin to slow down in Melbourne?

4. Explain Dwight's change of status on the return trip from the north.

5. Why does John say his uncle, Sir Froude, still appears to be healthy?

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

7. Explain what prevents Dwight from going fishing for trout before September 1st.

8. Why is Dwight upset over a painting at the National Gallery?

9. What has Moira managed to locate that makes Dwight happy enough to drift off to sleep?

10. Describe the contradictory things Peter brings home for the baby.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about what should be taught in schools about the dangers of nuclear weapons. Explain how children need to know about those dangers and be encouraged to think of ways they can influence governments to behave rationally about even making nuclear weapons. Express how children worldwide could be enlisted in an effort to get rid of nuclear threats.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the value of creativity. Refer to the ways the people of Melbourne adjusted to not having fuel to operate cars and other things they no longer had access to. In your essay write about how creative people can find ways to facilitate life even in extreme situations.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about ON THE BEACH as a valuable resource for arguing against nuclear proliferation. In your essay include who should read the book as required reading. These people should be drawn from government and military sources, religious sources, and concerned individuals.

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