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 had the Swordfish done that everyone was talking about?

2. What is John Osbourne's estimate of how long they have to live?

3. Why does Moira think going to school is ridiculous?

4. What does Osbourne say about the world?

5. What are the people of Melbourne doing to cope with the reality of pending death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain why Peter, a navy lieutenant-commander, has not worked for the past seven months.

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

5. Why have methods of transportation changed in Australia?

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

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

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

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

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

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 about the responsibility people have to others when taking any action. In your essay show how governments did not take into consideration anything but their own greedy desires, never once thinking how their nuclear attacks might affect the entire world. Take it down to a less grand level and write about how even small personal actions my affect not just ourselves but others as well.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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