All Quiet on the Western Front Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How do gunpowder fumes taste?

2. What is there a lot more of now in the trenches?

3. According to Kat, why does a trained dog snap at a piece of meat?

4. What is Kat so worried about?

5. How does Baumer feel towards Kat?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Tjaden have a special grudge against Himmelstoss?

2. What does Kropp decide to do if his leg is amputated? Why do the doctors amputate so quickly?

3. How does Baumer feel about being back at the training camp on the moors? What does Remarque use nature to symbolize?

4. When Baumer emerges from the hospital following Kemmerich's death, his head is suddenly filled with images of girls, meadows, clouds, and he seems to feel energized. Why do you think he feels this way?

5. How does Paul say his generation has been changed, based on his descriptions of the entire book?

6. How did the men break Himmelstoss' power over them?

7. How does this book make you feel about war?

8. Where are the characters, and how are they feeling? Where did their "luck" come from?

9. Describe Corporal Himmelstoss.

10. How does Baumer feel towards the prisoners? Why? What does he think about the reasons for considering them an enemy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay about a real-life case in which a soldier was court-martialed. Be sure to explain the charges, the evidence, verdict, punishment (if applicable), and whether or not you agree with the findings of the military court.

Write an essay explaining one of these two points:

1 - Why young men should join the army and serve their country.

2 - Why giving one's life in war should never be asked of a citizen.

War has its own general horrors, but also has other specific effects. Research and write an essay about an aftereffect of war, such as Gulf War Syndrome, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or a refugee crisis. Make sure to explain:

1 - The specific cause.

2 - The nature of the disease or crisis.

3 - Any treatments or solutions available.

4 - How you think the problem could have been prevented, or can be prevented in the future.

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