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. How does Mary react to the pills?

2. When there is meat at the butcher shop, how much do they have to pay?

3. Why are there more cars on the road now?

4. Where is Albury that has a suspected case of radiation sickness?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does baby Jennifer give Mary a fright?

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

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

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

9. How does John say the sickness goes near the end?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the responsibility people have to others when taking any action. In your essay show how governments did not take into consideration anything but their own greedy desires, never once thinking how their nuclear attacks might affect the entire world. Take it down to a less grand level and write about how even small personal actions my affect not just ourselves but others as well.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on stoicism in the face of death. Use John Osbourne as your example of a person who knows what to expect and accepts the inevitable. State your opinion about the dignity with which Osbourne faces death.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about what visitors from another planet find on earth 100 years after ON THE BEACH. In your essay tell what they find and how they speculate what happened to all the people. Use you imagination and be creative.

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