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 special fuel does John need for his Ferrari?

2. What does the USS Scorpion discover looking at San Francisco?

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

4. What do they notice about most of the houses?

5. Why does Seaman Swain want to see Edmonds through the periscope?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the contradictory things Peter brings home for the baby.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does John say his uncle, Sir Froude, still appears to be healthy?

9. What is it that Moira agrees to do for Mary if Peter does not return in time?

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 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 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 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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