The Fighting Ground Test | Final 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. Why does the Corporal tell Jonathan to retrieve his gun after the battle with the Hessians at the house?

2. How do the men react to the Corporal at the campfire?

3. What challenge does Jonathan face when he leaves the house at night?

4. What is surprising about the Corporal's voice when he awakens Jonathan?

5. What does the boy do when he and Jonathan discover his dead parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jonathan risk his life and the boy's by bringing the boy to the Hessians?

2. How do the Hessians treat Jonathan when he is trying to save their lives?

3. Why does the young Hessian recite a prayer over the grave of two Americans?

4. Why is the task of milking the cow so comforting to Jonathan?

5. What is the significance of Jonathan smashing the borrowed gun to pieces in a fit of rage?

6. Why does the young Hessian insist on digging the grave on his own?

7. When one of the soldiers urges Jonathan toward the house where the Hessians are sleeping, reassuring him that nothing will happen to him, what does this reveal about how Jonathan's experience has made him different from the other men?

8. Why is it important to Jonathan to know whether the Hessians killed the boy's parents?

9. What is the significance of Jonathan's telling the Corporal that he wants to go home, and the Corporal telling him that he's needed?

10. How do the reactions of the men differ from those of the Corporal when Jonathan appears at the campfire?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does the author present the youngest Hessian as being so much more decent than the other two? What does this reveal about the author's vision of youth, and how does it relate to Jonathan's youth?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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