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

2. What good news does Moira tell Dwight?

3. Why do they want to check out the radio signals?

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

5. How long do they estimate Swain will live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How is Moira changing from thinking planting plants for the next year is a silly waste of time?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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.

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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