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. What food do the Hessians find in the house they discover?

2. What does the Corporal reveal about the boy's dead parents?

3. What explanation does the Corporal offer for the boy's refusal to speak?

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

5. What does the Corporal at the campfire know that surprises Jonathan?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Jonathan starts to protest the Corporal's orders, explaining that the Hessians "didn't hurt me," what effect does the Corporal's response have on him?

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

3. What event causes Jonathan to reassess whether the Hessians are his friends or his enemies as he milks the cow?

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

5. What does the Corporal's reaction to Jonathan and the boy's appearance at the campfire reveal about his character?

6. Why does Jonathan feel a sense of comaraderie with his enemy captor, just because he winks at him?

7. What is the significance of Jonathan choosing to find the Corporal instead of killing the sleeping Hessians?

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

9. What is the significance of Jonathan choosing to carry the boy and leave the gun in the house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the Frenchman explains to Jonathan that soldiers either kill or get killed, what is it about Jonathan's experience that leads him to believe that it may not be this black-and-white? How has Jonathan's notion of what it means to be a soldier changed?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Jonathan's father neglect to share his own experiences with and concerns about war with Jonathan, both before and after Jonathan goes to fight? In what ways might his father's silence be a contributing factor in Jonathan's strong desire to go to war? How might Jonathan's outlook and actions be different if his father had been more open with him?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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