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

2. In church on Sunday, what does Dwight think about?

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

4. Why does Peter not take the car to Melbourne?

5. What assignment does Peter receive?

Short Essay Questions

1. On the long voyage of the Scorpion, what are they able to learn about San Francisco?

2. What is the problem with Moira's ability to understand what has happened in the world?

3. How does being in the submarine compare to racing the Ferrari to John?

4. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?

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

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

7. What does John Osbourne estimate was the size of the nuclear war that was fought?

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

9. How does baby Jennifer give Mary a fright?

10. How is John Osbourne able to race his car so much?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on living out your dreams. John Osbourne in the novel actually missed many years of excitement and pleasure by not racing cars until it was almost too late. In your essay talk about following your dreams because all of life is uncertain anyway.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on how families face problems together. Use the Holmes family as a good example. Use John Osbourne as an example of a man who does not have a family of his own. State your opinion about the value of a family during difficult times.

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