Short Essay Questions Key
1. Where are the characters, and how are they feeling? Where did their "luck" come from?
The characters are soldiers in World War I. There are at the front lines, and are feeling good because they have received a double ration. This is because half of their company has been killed, and there is more food left for the rest of them.
2. Baumer says that being forced to do things in public restores the innocent nature of all things. What is he talking about?
Baumer explains that the men are forced to go to the bathroom in public. This has removed the embarrassment from using the toilet, and has made it back into a natural and innocent thing that everyone must do.
3. During the card game, the men occasionally drift off into silence. What are they thinking about?
The men are thinking about how close they came to death. Half of their company was killed, and it could have easily been them.
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