The Beach Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Alex Garland
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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 had happened to the main character's neighbor?

2. When was their rendezvous?

3. How far would the main character have traveled if it was only him?

4. What was the name of the french male?

5. Not being able to finish the swim would mean what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was it that Sal was the leader?

4. Why had Richard initially begun traveling?

5. What did Francoise and Etienne fear when they had seen Richard chatting with the Americans? Why was this?

6. What gave the illusion of a confined personal area, and how was the effect spoiled?

7. What did all the people that were taken to the beach have in common? Who was the odd person out?

8. What conveyed a sense or normalcy to Richard when he had woken up?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the conversations that would have likely been had with the parents of Richard and his companions upon their return from the island. Might they have sought out counseling for what they had done and seen? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Richard's character. What do his actions reveal about him? What psychological terms apply to Richard and his regard of human life and his actions? What other characters with this same psychological condition likely shared these traits with Richard and why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Sal and Daffy's relationship. What evidence is there to suggest that there was more than just friendship on their minds? Has this evidence left the reader to suspect that they may have been romantically linked? If not, is there evidence to suggest that either Sal or Daffy wanted to be more than just friends? Explain.

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