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. For how long did the Russians and Chinese figure nuclear bombs would render land uninhabitable?

2. What is Peter hoping for?

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

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

5. What is the southernmost major city in the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe briefly what the story is about.

2. What is Moira's objection to Dwight's suggestion that she go to school?

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

4. Why have people grown accustomed to the radiation coming their way and just go about their regular business?

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

6. How does the relationship between Dwight and Moira develop?

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

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

9. What is of special interest about the radio signals coming from around Seattle?

10. How does the story begin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the value of friendships. Using John and Peter as examples, write about the support one gets from making good friendships in life. Sometimes family is not near or for some reason cannot offer the support a good friend has to offer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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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