The Beach Test | Mid-Book 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 is Richard's favorite thing?

2. Why was Mr. Duck upset?

3. Where had Mr. Duck been sprinting?

4. What had been left on the main character's door?

5. What element led the main character to fantasize that his bed was a space ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. What had guaranteed that Richard would get batteries, and how had it come to pass?

2. What did Richard realize that he would have to do when he came to the cliffs and the waterfall? What did he imagine when he had looked at the waterfall and the pool beneath?

3. How did Richard feel when he had touched the walls in the room?

4. What had made Jed's day bad?

5. What did Etienne notice about the dope that they had found on the island?

6. What made the map intricate?

7. What was different between the beach and the world and how did it make Richard feel?

8. What was the purpose of the lashed together branches?

9. Why did Richard's reflection come as quite a shock?

10. How was it that Sal was the leader?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Attempt to explain Sal's lying for Richard. What might she have hoped to gain in her lie? What is revealed about her in the following chapters, Karl runs away? How might this tie into Sal covering for Richard?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss which of the characters from within the novel you would have as a friend or ally and why. What characteristics of that person would make an excellent friend? Would you trust them? Why or why not? Are there any indications throughout the novel that this character isn't trustworthy? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the authors reasoning for having the island community addicted to marijuana. Provide an explanation for the author's reasons for including a narcotic plantation on the island, and offer up a non-drug related alternative that might have been employed.

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