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 does Jonathan fear when he sees the light after leaving the house?

2. What do the men at the campfire give Jonathan to eat?

3. How do the Hessians react to the Corporal's shouts?

4. What is the attitude of the soldiers at the campfire toward Jonathan?

5. How many people does Jonathan see around the campfire?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In what way does Jonathan begin to see the Corporal differently when the man wakes him up at the campfire?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. Why is the Corporal being kind to Jonathan after he wakes him up?

9. 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?

10. In what way does untying himself from the sleeping Hessian represent a change in Jonathan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Jonathan's initial bonding with the young Hessian. How does this experience represent an initial turning point in Jonathan's view of the Hessians, and of war in general? What does Jonathan begin to understand about the enemy?

Essay Topic 2

Trace Jonathan's thoughts, feelings and reactions toward the Corporal throughout the book. At what points does Jonathan trust him, and at what points does he exhibit doubt and uncertainty? What part does the Corporal play in Jonathan's ultimate character shift at the end of the book?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of idealism versus reality in the novel. At what points does Jonathan wrestle to resolve his conflicts between the two? How do these experiences ultimately shape his conclusions?

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