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
Bonham recalls much of his life, and in a sense, writes a "memoir" in his mind. One aspect of a memoir is the idea of memory. Discuss the following:
1. How accurate do you think Joe's recall is about specific incidents in his life? Explain.
2. Do you think Joe is more or less likely to remember his past considering his present situation? Explain your reasoning.
3. Does recalling his life help Joe remain self-aware? Why or why not? Why would he want to remain self aware?
Essay Topic 2
When Joe is boarding the train to go to boot camp after being drafted, he describes a scene of bands playing, flags waving and women and children calling out to their beloved husbands, sons, and brothers who are leaving for war. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think men (and now women also) are often sent off to war in an almost-festive-like atmosphere?
2. Does this send off make it harder or easier for Joe Bonham to march off to war? Explain.
3. If sending men and women off to war were treated like a funeral, do you think it would impact those leaving in a positive or negative way? Explain.
4. How would the political powers be impacted if war were viewed differently by a funeral-like send off?
Essay Topic 3
Communication is usually taken for granted by most people. In his very injured state, Joe is unable to communicate for many months. Discuss one of the following:
1. Compare and contrast Joe's ways of communication before and after his war injury. In what ways does his personality come through even after he is injured?
2. Discuss how Joe compensates for not being able to communicate. What do you think Joe would have done had he never figured out a way to communicate?
3. When Joe's "captors" realize his views about war, what do they do to keep Joe from communicating? How do you think this would ultimately affect Joe long term?
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