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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 do the doctors consider Joe to be?

2. What did Joe think when he read THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII?

3. What does Joe think about the fact that they cut off his arm?

4. What did Joe hear about Harper and his fortunes in the war?

5. What does Joe find out when someone finally answers the phone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Joe think he is dying and why does he know he is alive?

2. What book did Joe read that gave him a nightmare and what was that nightmare?

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

4. Where does Joe see Jose while he's lying in bed, what does he ask him and what does Joe figure out?

5. When is Joe's birthday; how did they celebrate; and what present did Glen give him one year? What came a few months after that present?

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

7. Why does he worry about a ring? What kind of ring is it and who gave it to him?

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

9. Describe the scene at the rail station when Joe is leaving for the army.

10. What idea does Pinky Carson come up with for Jose and how does that work out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

If human beings are both body and spirit as many religions suggest, Joe seems to be existing in a grey area--neither fully body nor fully spirit. Discuss the following:

1. What aspects of Joe's present life are most like being in "spirit" form? Give examples and analyze your examples.

2. What aspects of Joe's present life are most like being in "corporal" form? Give examples and analyze your examples.

3. How does Joe's actions over the course of the novel demonstrate his preference for either aspect--body or spirit?

Essay Topic 3

Joe Bonham also has to join, and ends up lying in bed, thinking this is no place for him, no war for him, none of his business. What does he care about making the world safe for democracy?

1. Compare Joe's feelings about war and his assertion that it is none of his business with the ideas many Vietnam draftees expressed.

2. Do you think Joe's reaction to war is a common reaction for draftees? Why or why not?

3. The idea that rich, political persons declare war but the common, poor person fights them. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

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