How does Shute's writing style affect the mood of the novel?
Do you think the events of the novel are believable? Do you think the behavior of the characters in the novel is believable? Why or why not?
Why do you think Shute chose the title On the Beach? What is the significance of this phrase?
What is the significance of work in the characters' lives?
How has the definition of sanity changed in the aftermath of the nuclear war?
Discuss the role and imagery of nature in the novel.