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 never exists at the front?

2. What is Kropp's first name?

3. Who does the crying, fair-haired recruit remind Baumer of?

4. Who arrives at the front lines?

5. According to Haie, what is revenge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. How was Himmelstoss disgraced?

7. How does Haie Westhus feel about the difference between military and civilian life?

8. 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?

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

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 that describes what you think it would be like to join the military and go through boot camp. Be sure to describe some imaginary situations that show your reactions.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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