On the Beach Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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

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 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 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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