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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. Where is the speaker of "Disabled?"

2. What two items does a soldier come to appreciate in "Arms and the Boy?"

3. What caused Owen to mature as a poet, according to the author of the Introduction?

4. Men who become immune to the horrors of war are what, according to "Insensibility?"

5. What attacks the soldiers in "Dulce Et Decorum Est" as they return to the trench?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the five possible outcomes in battle, according to "The Chances?"

2. What does "S.I.W." stand for? How does this contribute to the soldier dying with a smile?

3. How did Owen feel about World War I?

4. Describe Owen's experience as a vicar's assistant.

5. What do each of the soldiers cry out for in "The Last Laugh?"

6. What does "Insensibility" say about soldiers who become immune to the horrors of war?

7. What kind of poet does Lewis think Owen would have been, had he survived the war?

8. What does "Le Christianisme" imply about the role of religion in war?

9. What does the speaker see on the battlefield in "The Show?" What do they represent?

10. Who is the intended audience of the poem "Apologia Pro Poemate Meo?" How do you know?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role did love play in Owen's life and poetry?

Essay Topic 2

Define elegy. What are the characteristics of an elegy? Explain how "Elegy in April and September" fits into this definition of an elegy.

Essay Topic 3

What role does escapism play in Owen's poetry? Use at least one example of an escapist poem from Owen's work to support your answer.

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