On the Beach Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Dwight and Moira avoid thinking about the end?

2. Why can Dwight not go trout fishing?

3. What does Dwight plan to tell Sharon about Moira?

4. Where is Edmonds?

5. What does Dwight order the captain of the USS Swordfish to do with his submarine?

Essay Topics

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the benefits of learning other cultures. Use the fact that the Americans and Australians learn a lot from each other in ON THE BEACH. Then discuss the many things that can be learned from experiencing other cultures.

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