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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 is Joe trying to figure out how to tell his father when they go camping?

2. What does Joe think he should have done about Diane instead rushing out to work in the desert?

3. What does Joe want the nurses to do so he doesn't feel like he's drowning?

4. Why are Joe and Howie laying track in the desert?

5. Why is Bill Bonham a failure?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the pilot who comes to Joe's hometown, what does he do and what does the superintendent of schools say about airplanes?

2. When did Joe become aware of the war and what events in the war occurred at that time?

3. Who does Joe call out to in his nightmare and why?

4. How does Joe realize he has no left arm and how does he feel about it?

5. How does Joe come to know he has no face?

6. As Joe's pain fades some what does he think about and how does he feel about being deaf?

7. What does Joe think guys should do when called up for the military?

8. What are the two problems Jose talks to the guys at the bakery about?

9. What does Joe see on the way home from the train station?

10. How does Joe think he might be able to tell being awake and asleep with no eyes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joe Bonham wonders why people are so inconsiderate, and feels more like he is coming out of ether rather than hung over, and is tired of hearing that his father is dead and going home. Father can die only once, so the phone must be part of a dream.

1. Joe is lying in a VA hospital with horrific injuries. He feels like he is coming out of ether. He is. The world at the moment seems unreal to him. Explain the flashbacks and images that Joe has in his head at the beginning of the book.

2. Almost all of this book is written as flashbacks to Joe's life before he was injured. How did this narrative technique enhance the book? Given Joe's injuries, discuss any other options the author may have had to tell the story.

3. How did the fact that this book is almost entirely flashbacks affect the pace? What about the plot? How did it enhance or obscure the themes?

Essay Topic 2

Imagery and symbols play a large role in this story. Discuss one of the following:

1. Choose one recurring image or symbol and analyze it and show how it relates to two major themes.

2. Discuss why you think that someone in Joe's situation would include much imagery in his thought processes.

3. Why do you think any author uses images and symbols rather than clearly expressing an idea? Give examples to support your stance.

Essay Topic 3

For a few brief moments at the end of the book before Joe is sedated, he is able to communicate his desire to have a purpose. Discuss the following:

1. What does Joe offer to do? Is this a wise thing to suggest?

2. What is the response to Joe's offer? Why?

3. Why is having a sense of purpose so important to Joe?

4. Do you think Joe will re-think what he offers given the response and try to communicate again? Why or why not?

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