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. Why are there more cars on the road now?

2. Where does the crew of the Scorpion see Swain?

3. How long do they estimate Swain will live?

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

5. What good news does Moira tell Dwight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What has Moira managed to locate that makes Dwight happy enough to drift off to sleep?

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

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

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

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 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.

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