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. Who do Peter and John meet at the Pastoral Club in Melbourne?

2. Who knows about the destination for the upcoming trip of the USS Scorpion according to Dwight?

3. What does Dwight say he plans on doing once he returns to Mystic, Connecticut?

4. How long does Peter say the next trip of the Scorpion will probably take?

5. Where do Lt. Commander Peter Holmes of the Royal Australian Navy, his wife Mary, and baby daughter Jennifer live?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Moira Davidson dealing with the eminent threat of death by radiation?

3. Explain where is it deemed possible that life might actually be able to continue on Earth?

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

5. Describe Moira's attitude toward life.

6. How does the USS Swordfish illustrate the movement of the radiation?

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

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

9. How has the war simplified life in Australia to a large extent?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the absurdity of nuclear armament. In your essay discuss why governments still stockpile nuclear weapons after what was learned at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Express whether you think nuclear weapons will ever be abandoned all over the word.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about going home to die. Clearly Dwight would like to do the same thing as seaman Swain. Explain what prevents him. Define the characteristic of Dwight's that prevents him from ordering the USS Scorpion to return to the northeastern United States.

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