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. Who is fatally wounded in the back?

2. What does Tjaden call Himmelstoss?

3. What platoon did Baumer, Kropp, Müller, and Kemmerich join?

4. How many recruits die for each one veteran killed?

5. What punishment do the men receive for insulting Himmelstoss?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why is Tjaden unafraid of the punishment that may follow his insults to Himmelstoss?

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

5. 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?

6. What does Kropp think war should be like?

7. Why did Baumer and Kat want to kill the fair-haired young recruit? Why didn't they do it?

8. What is Kropp's opinion of what life will be like when the men return home? What does it tell the reader about the effect of war upon a man?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay explaining the development of conventions on chemical warfare throughout history, especially those that came as a direct result of the First World War.

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 that critiques both Erich Maria Remarque's writing style and the subject matter of the book. Previous reviews of the book may be helpful, but be sure to use original ideas and do not plagiarize.

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