Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Write an essay about holding onto personal values regardless of external circumstances. Express your opinion of Dwight who remains faithful to a dead wife and children. Does his behavior in the novel mark him as a heroic figure?
Write an essay on suicide as a way of avoiding an otherwise very painful death. Include the moral aspects of suicide in general and explain whether or not you think there may be extenuating circumstances that make suicide acceptable.
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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