Mid-Book 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 his girlfriend's father do in the morning on his departure day?
2. What does Joe decide when he figures out he's deaf?
3. Where did Joe and his friends swim in Colorado?
4. How does Joe figure out that he is deaf?
5. Why does Joe Bonham wish someone would pick up the phone?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?
2. Where does Joe see Jose while he's lying in bed, what does he ask him and what does Joe figure out?
3. What does the little guy waiting for the train with Joe say? How does Joe answer him? What do they do then?
4. How does Joe think of Kareen and what does he wonder about her?
5. What does Joe think about guys fighting for liberty?
6. Why does Joe think being the way he is is worse than being in the womb?
7. When did Joe become aware of the war and what events in the war occurred at that time?
8. How does the prostitute that Joe thinks he loves handle the situation?
9. What does Joe remember about New Year's Eve in Shale City and Los Angeles?
10. Why does Bonham consider himself a slave and what does he ask God?
Essay Topic 1
It is obvious even in the first few chapters that Joe Bonham is severely injured. Later, the reader learns the extent of his injuries. Discuss one of the following:
1. What is the extent of Joe's injuries and is it realistic that he would have survived such a situation in the early part of the 20th century? Does this lack of realism make a difference in reading the book? Give examples to support your thesis.
2. Would you have preferred death over an existence such as Joe's after his injury? Why or why not? Would it be moral to end Joe's life if he makes it very clear that is his wish? Explain fully.
3. Discuss the concept of quality of life over quantity of days, using examples from the text and your personal experience.
Essay Topic 2
This story is written in a series of flashbacks in a stream-of-consciousness style. Discuss one of the following:
1. Define flashback and stream of consciousness. What are some reasons an author would choose to use each of these literary devices? Give examples of each from the text.
2. Analyze the way the author uses flashbacks to make Joe a more complex, well-rounded character. Does the fact that the flashbacks are not chronological make the story more realistic? What are the advantages and disadvantages of flashbacks?
3. A narration using stream of consciousness can be difficult at times to follow and understand because most people's brains when reading are more linear and organized, though the thought process tends to be associative. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the stream-of-consciousness style in this book.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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