Corps 02: Call to Arms Test | Final Test - Hard

W. E. B. Griffin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter XI a navy doctor finds out Banning and the other nine blind men are going to back to the states how?

2. Where is Captain Banning sent to see doctors?

3. To what rank is Zimmerman promoted?

4. What does the young pregnant woman need?

5. Where is McCoy stationed at the beginning of Chapter XI?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Griffin is masterful in his description of battles and life in general in for a soldier during the second world war. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze Griffin's descriptive passages about life as a soldier. How does he use descriptions of the five senses to make the reader feel s/he is there? Do you find his descriptions compelling? Seemingly accurate? How would Corps 02: Call to Arms be different if Griffin did not include such descriptive passages?

2. Analyze Griffin's descriptive passages about the social structure of the times and discuss what you think it would be like to be a person of wealth and/or privilege such as Pickering, or Wesley. Contrast that to the lives of those who are in a lower social strata such as McCoy and Zimmerman or one in service to someone of wealth and/or privilege.

3. Describe and analyze Griffin's descriptive passages about the topographical setting and the physical descriptions of the people. Does Griffin do an adequate job of actually making the reader "see" the land or sea where the action is taking place? How about getting a visual image of the characters? How does the descriptions of the setting add to the novel? Do you like having an idea of how a character looks? How would the novel be different without such descriptions?

Essay Topic 2

Although still wounded, McCoy's main concern is to get to Washington as soon as possible, not his own health. He was ready to do whatever his government wanted him to do. He, and many other characters in this book, was very patriotic. Discuss one of the following:

1. What does patriotism mean to me? Use examples from Call to Arms to support your answer.

2. Class discussion. What is patriotism? What are the advantages of a country whose citizens feel highly patriotic? What are the disadvantages? What happens when patriots become zealots? Should patriotism be expected of its citizens by any country? Why or why not?

3. How do the characters in Call to Arms demonstrate their patriotism? Use examples from Call to Arms to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Major Banning has gotten his eyesight back and a clean bill of health from the doctors, all that's missing for him is his wife; but he does find some comfort with the librarian and the New York City Library.

1. In most circles, Banning's involvement with the librarian would be called adultery. Do you think the life and death situation of war makes adultery more likely? Why or why not? Use examples from your own knowledge and or the book to illustrate your answer.

2. Banning is an officer and a "gentleman" who has just received another promotion to major. Discuss how the act of adultery fits with the idea of an officer and a "gentleman?"

3. Banning is an intelligence officer and as such would most likely have a top secret security clearance. In the modern army personnel who commit adultery will often lose their clearance. Why do you think this is so? Do you think someone's morals should affect whether they have a security clearance? Why or why not?

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