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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 soft drink did Richard get?
2. What kind of salad did Richard order?
3. What element led the main character to fantasize that his bed was a space ship?
4. What was the name of the french male?
5. Where had Mr. Duck been sprinting?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did all the people that were taken to the beach have in common? Who was the odd person out?
2. Why did Richard's reflection come as quite a shock?
3. What gave the illusion of a confined personal area, and how was the effect spoiled?
4. Why had Richard initially begun traveling?
5. What explanation did Richard offer for the shape of the island on which the Beach was located?
6. What was the problem with the rucksacks and how was it solved?
7. What had been Richards primary goal when he had started traveling? What were his goals, specifically?
8. What had the Filipino guy that Richard had met taught him about jellyfish?
9. What had made Jed's day bad?
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?
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 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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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