On the Beach Test | Final 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. Who is on the motorboat the sub spots?

2. What does a radiation reading of thirty in the red mean?

3. In spite of the news, what are Peter and Mary doing?

4. How does Mary react to the pills?

5. When there is meat at the butcher shop, how much do they have to pay?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does baby Jennifer give Mary a fright?

2. What is it that Moira agrees to do for Mary if Peter does not return in time?

3. How is John Osbourne able to race his car so much?

4. What condition does Peter put on his continuing service in the Navy?

5. Explain the surprise Moira has for Dwight when they meet for lunch.

6. Explain Dwight's change of status on the return trip from the north.

7. Why does John say his uncle, Sir Froude, still appears to be healthy?

8. Why do things begin to slow down in Melbourne?

9. On the long voyage of the Scorpion, what are they able to learn about San Francisco?

10. What is Mary's initial reaction to the suicide pills and syringe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the value of creativity. Refer to the ways the people of Melbourne adjusted to not having fuel to operate cars and other things they no longer had access to. In your essay write about how creative people can find ways to facilitate life even in extreme situations.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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