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 bed is Kemmerich in?

2. The men were trained to be heroes as if they were...

3. What is the last thing the men see before falling asleep?

4. What job is Müller well suited for?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the men finally outwit the rats?

3. Why does Kantorek's letter make the men angry? Why do you think the men have become old?

4. How was Himmelstoss disgraced?

5. What is the difference between the younger and older men?

6. Katczinsky recites the rhyme "Give 'em all the same grub and all the same pay / And the war would be over and done in a day". What do you think this means?

7. Describe Corporal Himmelstoss.

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

9. How did Baumer narrowly escape death in the dug-outs?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing the conclusion of All Quiet on the Western Front. Be sure to touch upon:

1 - Your reaction.

2 - How Paul's death influences the overall theme of the novel (hope versus hopelessness).

3 - Whether or not you would have written the book this way, and why.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that compares All Quiet on the Western Front to another book about a war. Be sure to include:

1 - Similarities or differences in theme.

2 - Optimistic or pessimistic conclusions.

3 - Whether the other book was for (glorifying) or against (condemning) war.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the importance of literature as a way to get a message across. Be sure to touch upon:

1 - Examples of literature that have had a great impact.

2 - Literature's effectiveness in comparison to film, music, and art.

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