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. Who starts the push to get the fishing season moved back in Australia?

2. What is John's most recent prognosis for the radiation cloud?

3. What does Swain do without being seen?

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

5. What does John get from the widow of a driver killed in the race?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the value of friendships. Using John and Peter as examples, write about the support one gets from making good friendships in life. Sometimes family is not near or for some reason cannot offer the support a good friend has to offer.

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 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.

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