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. Besides the suicide pills and syringe, what does Peter bring home?

2. What objects does Dwight hold onto to maintain his ties to his family?

3. How does he convince Mary that taking Jennifer's life might be the best thing to do?

4. What gift does he buy for his son?

5. How does Mary react to the pills?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does John Osbourne tell Peter when he asks about how much more time they have?

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

4. Why is Dwight upset over a painting at the National Gallery?

5. What does Lt. Sunderstrom do before shutting down the communications center at the Naval Base at Elliott Bay.

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

7. Explain what prevents Dwight from going fishing for trout before September 1st.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the absurdity of nuclear armament. In your essay discuss why governments still stockpile nuclear weapons after what was learned at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Express whether you think nuclear weapons will ever be abandoned all over the word.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the pointlessness of using alcohol or drugs to avoid facing realities. Mention how people in the novel first started having boisterous parties with lots of alcohol consumption but later realized that it was not helping to solve the problem. Turn you essay to people who attempt to use mind altering substances as a way of dealing with problems of a much smaller scale than the extreme problem of ON THE BEACH.

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