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

2. Why does Peter not hold out much hope for a naval assignment?

3. What does Peter instruct Mary how to do if he is not back when the radiation hits?

4. How does Dwight want to think about people in the Northern hemisphere?

5. What does Dwight tell Moira about a submarine scouting trip up the east coast of America?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe briefly what the story is about.

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

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

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

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

6. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?

7. Why have methods of transportation changed in Australia?

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

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

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 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 2

Write an essay about planning for the future. In your essay use Mary Holmes' garden as an example of planning for the future. In your essay point out that Mary did not think about what would prevent her from enjoying the fruits of her plans. Include the idea that if no plans are made, there is no goal in life, and therefore nothing can be accomplished.

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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