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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One of the images in the book is the returning to the womb of an adult. Joe often expresses a feeling of being in a womb. When he first begins assessing his situation in the hospital, he expresses the desire that his mother care for him as he saw her care for his youngest sister, Elizabeth. Discuss the following:

1. How is the image of being in a womb both a positive and negative one in the book?

2. Why do you think Joe yearns for his mother to treat him like his young sister? Do you think his mother would be willing to care for Joe?

3. Many people who are dying, especially unexpectedly or in combat, call out for "mother." Discuss why you think this is so and include examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Joe thinks about how the doctor's have saved his life, but he rather than feeling appreciative, he is resentful and feels more like a science experiment. Discuss one of the following:

1. Elaborate on and analyze Joe's attitudes towards the doctors both at the field hospital and in his long term care facility.

2. Discuss the pros and cons of saving life at any cost, whether on the battlefield or otherwise.

3. One might think that doctors work harder to save young people because they are young and have not had a full lifespan, yet, in our culture, doctors often go to heroic efforts to save quite elderly persons, spending much resources for little return. Are their efforts "heroic"? Discuss fully.

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