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 does Dwight encourage Moira to do?

2. What sober reflection to the men on the Scorpion have about Cairns, Moresby or Darwin?

3. What assignment does Peter receive?

4. What weapons were used in the Russian-Chinese war?

5. Why does Peter ride his bicycle to Mr. Paul's farm?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why have people grown accustomed to the radiation coming their way and just go about their regular business?

3. What is Dwight's experience in church the weekend he spends with Peter and Mary?

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

5. How do some people hold the hope that one day humans will again populate the Earth?

6. In what way does Dwight hold out some hope for the situation?

7. Why did governments resort to using nuclear weapons?

8. Explain Moira's answer that she will face the facts of life next September.

9. What is Moira's objection to Dwight's suggestion that she go to school?

10. What is notable about Mary's plans for her garden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the possibility of the same world-wide destruction of all life on the planet could ever really happen. In your essay include the fact that today, just as Shute predicted, small radical nations now have nuclear capability. What is the danger of everything going too far when split second decisions have to be made about using the nuclear arsenal.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the absurdity of nuclear armament. In your essay discuss why governments still stockpile nuclear weapons after what was learned at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Express whether you think nuclear weapons will ever be abandoned all over the word.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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