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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. Why does Jonathan decide not to ask any more questions about the battle after talking to his father's friend?
2. What does Jonathan think would make him feel better while he and the Hessians are resting?
3. Why does Jonathan fall behind the other soldiers on the way to the battle?
4. Who falls on top of Jonathan's gun in the midst of the battle?
5. Why does Jonathan jump up and yell "Don't shoot!" to the Hessians.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Jonathan's father against Jonathan joining the war effort?
2. What new questions does Jonathan ask himself just before the battle begins?
3. How do Jonathan's feelings about fighting begin to be altered on the way to the battle as he hears the other soldiers talking?
4. How does Jonathan feel about Hessians, as opposed to Tories?
5. What new feelings does Jonathan experience immediately following the battle?
6. How does the feeling of Jonathan's gun in his hands change as he prepares to fire upon the Hessians?
7. Why has Jonathan's father prepared him to fight even though he is against it?
8. Does Jonathan have a realistic idea of what war entails at the beginning of the story?
9. In what way does the Corporal mislead the soldiers as they head off to battle?
10. What do the men debate about once they have reached their destination for the battle?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What are Jonathan's primary motives for wanting to go to war, and how do these define his character? Compare his motives to those of others such as the Corporal. What does Jonathan hope to accomplish?
Essay Topic 2
Trace Jonathan's relationship to his borrowed rifle throughout the story. What does his relationship to this object symbolize about who he is at various points in the story? Specifically, what is the symbolism of his destroying it at the end?
Essay Topic 3
Much of the text consists of the silent inner workings of Jonathan's mind as he tries to figure out his own beliefs and wonders about his fate. As he spends time with his Hessian captors, what effect does his relationship with them have on his changing thought process, specifically on his thoughts about war?
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