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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. Where is the USS Swordfish, another nuclear powered submarine?

2. What does the Prime Minister say they want from Dwight and his crew?

3. What does Moira's father ask Dwight?

4. How long does the USS Swordfish report being submerged that might be a record?

5. What does Peter do as the sub returns to Melbourne?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is it that Moira agrees to do for Mary if Peter does not return in time?

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

5. Describe the symbolism of Dwight's thinking about his family while on board the Scorpion.

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

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

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

9. What is the consensus about which countries actually started the war?

10. Describe Moira's attitude toward life.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on suicide as a way of avoiding an otherwise very painful death. Include the moral aspects of suicide in general and explain whether or not you think there may be extenuating circumstances that make suicide acceptable.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on stoicism in the face of death. Use John Osbourne as your example of a person who knows what to expect and accepts the inevitable. State your opinion about the dignity with which Osbourne faces death.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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