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 happens that night at Peter's and Mary's house?

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

3. Where does Peter have an appointment?

4. Who do Peter and Mary invite to their house to keep Dwight entertained?

5. Why does Osbourne say that perhaps people did not deserve the world?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Moira's attitude toward life.

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

4. Describe briefly what the story is about.

5. What is Dwight's experience in church the weekend he spends with Peter and Mary?

6. How does the story begin?

7. Tell what is known about the global nuclear war.

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

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

10. Why have methods of transportation changed in Australia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a critique of Nevil Shute's ON THE BEACH. Evaluate Shute as a story teller and how well he holds the attention of the reader. Also evaluate the importance of the subject matter and whether it contributes a good message to the world. Mention the parts you think are strongest and weakest in the book. Conclude with a recommendation as to who would most benefit from reading the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about holding onto personal values regardless of external circumstances. Express your opinion of Dwight who remains faithful to a dead wife and children. Does his behavior in the novel mark him as a heroic figure?

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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