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. Where does the crew of the Scorpion see Swain?

2. What is Moira's surprise for Dwight?

3. What special fuel does John need for his Ferrari?

4. What impractical thing does Mary want Peter to buy?

5. What is the reason Jennifer keeps crying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dwight's condition when he arrives at the Davidson house?

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

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

4. How does being in the submarine compare to racing the Ferrari to John?

5. How does Mary put out of her mind that Sydney and Adelaide now have the radiation sickness?

6. Describe the symbolism of Dwight's thinking about his family while on board the Scorpion.

7. How is John Osbourne different in the face of coming death?

8. What is the understanding between Dwight and Moira that is verbalized on their fishing trip?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay on how families face problems together. Use the Holmes family as a good example. Use John Osbourne as an example of a man who does not have a family of his own. State your opinion about the value of a family during difficult times.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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