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

2. Why is John Osbourne assigned to the USS Scorpion?

3. What does Moira's father ask Dwight?

4. What has Peter rigged up to carry the baby or groceries?

5. Why is the USS Scorpion able to sail in spite of the fuel shortage?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the story begin?

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

3. Describe briefly what the story is about.

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

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

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

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

8. What is the problem with Moira's ability to understand what has happened in the world?

9. What does Moira learn about Dwight while touring the submarine?

10. How does Shute explain the proliferation of atomic weapons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about pure love. It is clear that Moira is in love with Dwight. Leading up to her introduction to him, she is described as having lived a promiscuous life. What is it in the relationship between her and Dwight that prevents her from attempting to seduce him.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on how families face problems together. Use the Holmes family as a good example. Use John Osbourne as an example of a man who does not have a family of his own. State your opinion about the value of a family during difficult times.

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