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. Why did Richard tug at the back of his shirt?

2. What three letter term is repeated throughout the section "Getting There"?

3. What animal did Etienne encounter?

4. What did Richard just accept about the Beach?

5. What had happened to the main character's neighbor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How was it that Sal was the leader?

5. What had been Richards primary goal when he had started traveling? What were his goals, specifically?

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

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

8. What was the problem with the rucksacks and how was it solved?

9. Why did Richard consider himself pretty lucky?

10. Why did it surprise Richard that he had volunteered to go for the Rice Run?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss why it was impossible for the rafters to negotiate their release. What were the main reasons for the dope guards killing the rafters? What did they fear would occur? Was this a logical fear or paranoia? How does the reader know?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jed's reconnaissance missions for Sal. Why do you think he was given these missions? Would they contribute to Jeds' alienation from the rest of the camp, or is his alienation the result of his own doing? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the camp's reaction to Richard 'doing things' for Sal. How did people go out of their way to be nice to him and friendly with him? What likely prompted this sudden interest in Richard? What perspective does the reader take of Richard's association with Sal?

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