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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 does Dwight encourage Moira to do?
2. What does the USS Scorpion find when it emerges near Queensland?
3. What is headed for the Southern hemisphere?
4. What is John Osbourne's estimate of how long they have to live?
5. How long did the nuclear war last in the Northern hemisphere?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe what the USS Scorpion crew sees everywhere they go.
2. Explain where is it deemed possible that life might actually be able to continue on Earth?
3. What is the consensus about which countries actually started the war?
4. In what way does Dwight hold out some hope for the situation?
5. Why have people grown accustomed to the radiation coming their way and just go about their regular business?
6. How has the war simplified life in Australia to a large extent?
7. What does Moira learn about Dwight while touring the submarine?
8. How is Moira Davidson dealing with the eminent threat of death by radiation?
9. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?
10. Explain Moira's answer that she will face the facts of life next September.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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