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STUDY QUESTIONS - MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZ
is On the Beach set in and near Melbourne, Australia?
it will be the last major city on earth whose inhabitants will die when the radiation
fallout reaches there.
b. Because there are naval installations there, and
it would be a logical place for a submarine to be berthed.
c. Because Australia
is a country of highly educated, easy-going people who know how to enjoy life.
d. All of the above.
2. Why is there no petrol (gasoline) available
a. It burned up in the war.
b. The enemy won’t sell
c. Because it was all imported from the northern hemisphere before the
d. None of the above.
3. Who were the parties to the nuclear
war that killed everyone in the northern hemisphere?
a. The USA, the USSR,
China, Egypt, and Albania
b. The USA, China, Croatia, and Niger
USA, Iraq, Iran, India and Pakistan
d. Russia, China, France, and Great Britain
4. Why does Peter Holmes want to go to sea on the American submarine?
a. He’s always wanted to be a submariner.
b. He wants to get away
from his nagging wife.
c. He plans to sink it and die that way.
a navy man, and he welcomes the chance to do what he’s trained for, until closer
to the end.
5. Why does Peter Holmes not want to go to sea on the
sub after the first two voyages?
a. He doesn’t get along with the captain.
b. He’s developed claustrophobia.
c. He wants to be at home with his
wife and daughter when the radiation sickness gets to Falmouth.
d. He doesn’t
trust himself or his fellow crew members cooped up inside a submarine under the
adverse conditions that exist in the world after the war.
6. How is Commander
Dwight Towers getting along in Melbourne?
a. He’s depressed and spends
every night and every weekend drinking.
b. He spends a pleasant time every
night reliving his life in Mystic, Connecticut.
c. He devotes himself totally
to his naval duties, and does not think of recreation or anything else.
After a few weekend drinking binges when he first gets to Australia, he spends
most of his time with work duties, until he meets Moira and has dates with her
as time permits.
7. Does Moira enjoy being a wild party girl?
a. Not particularly, but it keeps her from thinking about everything she’ll miss.
b. Yes, she wants to get in as much partying as possible before the end.
c. Yes, because she thinks it’s the way to get Dwight to forget about his
wife and family.
d. No, but she might as well, since she can’t get a job.
8. Why would Dwight, who lives by duty, be interested in a wild girl like
a. He finds the contrast refreshing, and it enables him to let
down his hair a little.
b. He discerns that underneath her wild manner there
is intelligent curiosity and sensitivity.
c. Neither of the above.
Both a and b above.
9. Who is John Osborne?
a. Australia’s answer
to Dale Earnhardt.
b. The author of Look Back in Anger
and Twelve Angry Men.
c. A scientist with
the Australian government’s science bureau, the C. S. I. R. O., who’s assigned
to take radiation readings on the American submarine’s voyages.
d. A so-so
driver with a great car, as well as a devoted husband and father.
Why does Mary Holmes spend so much time planning her garden?
a. She doesn’t
have anything else to do.
b. She wants it to be a nice place for her daughter
c. The end of the world doesn’t seem real to her, but the permanence
of her home and family are very real to her.
d. Growing her own food is the
only way to be sure what they eat is not contaminated.
12. What do Moira’s
parents think of Dwight?
a. He’s alright, but they’d rather she had an Australian boyfriend; Connecticut
is too far away.
b. They think he’s a bit elitist and stuffy, because he
doesn’t particularly enjoy coming to visit them way out in the middle of nowhere.
c. They like him very much because he enjoys working the pastures, and is
easy to talk to.
d. They are thrilled that Moira has an American submarine
captain for a boyfriend.
13. Why does Mary Holmes accuse her husband Peter
of being unfaithful to her?
a. He goes into Melbourne when there is no
work to be done in the dockyard.
b. It’s part of her hysterical reaction
when he wants her to know how to put an end to her baby’s suffering if radiation
sickness gets to them before he returns from Scorpion’s second voyage,
or if he doesn’t make it back.
c. He has actually been having an affair with
a secretary at the naval outpost.
d. Moira hints to Mary that Peter may have
a girlfriend, and doesn’t really love his daughter.
14. Why has Sir Douglas
Froude not gotten sick with radiation fallout when everyone else has?
a. His heart medicine gives him immunity, but doctors in 1962 don’t realize that
b. He was on a scientific expedition when the radiation got to Melbourne.
c. He has a rare genetic mutation that enhances his body’s ability to filter
d. He has been drinking port wine every day for months, and alcohol
enhances an individual’s resistance to radiation.
15. Why does Commander
Dwight Towers take his submarine out of Australian command, and sail it to international
a. Moira gets wind of a rumor of espionage through John Osborne,
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b. John Osborne re-calculates his data and determines that
the Jorgensen effect is valid, and the sub is going to a latitude where human
life is possible.
c. He is taking the crew to Antarctica, where there is
probably no complete dissemination of fallout.
d. Dwight and his crew are
Americans in the United States Navy, and they don’t want to leave the ship in
a foreign country, with all its classified material, even if there’s no one to
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