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 word does Baumer use to describe Tjaden at the beginning of the chapter?

2. Who is Haie Westhus?

3. How does Baumer hurt his hand?

4. What do the men fear more than tanks and low-flying planes?

5. When Kemmerich died, what did his eyes resemble?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How do the men feel when they are at the front?

3. 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?

4. Baumer muses that "the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men". Why do you think this is?

5. What happens to the young recruits in the dug-out?

6. 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?

7. How was Himmelstoss disgraced?

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

9. How do the men feel about their education?

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 describing the effect of female involvement in the First World War upon Women's Rights.

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 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.

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