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 kind of vehicle did the group take from the Koh Samui port?

2. Why did Keaty speak fast to Jean?

3. What was the name of the soap that Richard was going to give to Unhygenix?

4. There wasn't any point to going to the corals without what?

5. Where did the ritual originate from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Richard feel as though he was governed by someone else in retrospect?

2. Why did Richard keep an open mind when it came to Jed?

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

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

5. Why had Richard initially begun traveling?

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

7. How was it that Sal was the leader?

8. Why did Richard consider himself pretty lucky?

9. Why had things become awkward between Richard and the French couple?

10. What had made Jed's day bad?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the beach community must remain a secret and for what reasons everyone diligently keeps that secret. What does the beach have the potential to become if it becomes exposed? How is this an undesirable outcome? Are the methods employed at keeping the secret of the beach a bit heinous in their extremity? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Richards more gory fantasies that occur throughout the book. What is this fascination with the violence in his own mind indicative of? Explain if this makes Richard a threat or an ally.

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