All Quiet on the Western Front Test | 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. What is the last thing the men see before falling asleep?

2. When Baumer leaves the hospital, what does he suddenly think of?

3. How many days ago did the soldiers have to relieve the front line?

4. What was the name of the men's platoon leader during training?

5. Who has a special reason to hate Himmelstoss?

Short Essay Questions

1. When referring to Müller and Kemmerich, Baumer he states that they no longer have any sense of "artificial considerations". What do you think he means?

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

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

4. Why do the men prefer sharpened shovels to bayonets?

5. How do the men react when they are finally attacked?

6. How was Himmelstoss disgraced?

7. Do you think that it is immoral for Müller to want Kemmerich's boots?

8. During the card game, the men occasionally drift off into silence. What are they thinking about?

9. How does Baumer feel at the end of this chapter?

10. In this chapter, Katczinsky makes a long speech about why the officers behave the way they do. What does he say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paul Baumer's life is filled with tragedy. Write an essay that describes the tragic events detailed in All Quiet on the Western Front, and how these events affected Baumer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In All Quiet on the Western Front, the men have more than one opportunity to get revenge on authority figures who they feel have wronged them. Write an essay on revenge, making sure to touch upon:

1 - The difference between justice and revenge.

2 - Whether or not you feel that revenge is appropriate in certain situations.

3 - Real-world examples of revenge or revenge gone wrong.

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