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On the Beach Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Osbourne say about the world?



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



3. What does Dwight encourage Moira to do?



4. Why does Dwight think forty percent of his crew will not return to the Scorpion?



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



Short Essay Questions

1. How does the story begin?



2. Why have methods of transportation changed in Australia?



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



4. Describe what becomes John's coffin.



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



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



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



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



9. What does Peter know when the radio calmly announces there are radiation sickness cases in the city?



10. How does John say the sickness goes near the end?



Essay Topics

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.

Write an essay about optimism as the mirror image of denial. Express the difference between optimism and denial. Give examples from the novel that indicate an optimism that something might happen to prevent the approaching radiation cloud from reaching Melbourne.

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.

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