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. In Australia, what do they figure will go a little before Sydney?

2. After the war, where was a conference held to assess the situation?

3. What does Dwight say is coming in very evenly all around the world?

4. Who knows about the destination for the upcoming trip of the USS Scorpion according to Dwight?

5. Why does Moira think going to school is ridiculous?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is of special interest about the radio signals coming from around Seattle?

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

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

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

6. Describe Moira's attitude toward life.

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

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

9. What is the reason Sir Froude is drinking wine against his doctor's orders?

10. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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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