The Fighting Ground Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is Jonathan so eager to join the war effort in the beginning of the story?

Jonathan wants to join the war effort in the beginning of the story because he has heard his father talk about their hated enemies.

2. Why is Jonathan's father against Jonathan joining the war effort?

Jonathan's father is against Jonathan joining the war effort because his father was wounded in battle, and has therefore seen war and the consequences it can have first-hand.

3. Why has Jonathan's father prepared him to fight even though he is against it?

Jonathan's father has prepared him to fight even though he is against it so that Jonathan can defend himself in case the war should come to their doorstep.

4. Does Jonathan have a realistic idea of what war entails at the beginning of the story?

No, Jonathan does not have a realistic notion of what war entails at the beginning of the story. He daydreams about flags and drums and looking smart in a uniform, but doesn't think about the danger involved.

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