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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 Joe ask Kareen in his dream?

2. How does Joe figure he can communicate since he is deaf?

3. What does Joe feel under all of his bandages?

4. What does Joe decide when he first figures out he has no arms?

5. What did his girlfriend ask him when he was drafted?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joe feel about the nurse bathing him?

2. What do you think it means when Joe thinks that two billion people have been pushing the lid of his coffin down and covering him with dirt and stone.

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

4. What does the day nurse do with Joe?

5. What does Joe think about guys fighting for liberty?

6. Why does Joe think he's in England?

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

8. What is Bonham's initial thought when asked what he wants and why do you think this is so?

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

10. Describe how Joe thinks of the Christmas story his mother used to read.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the obvious themes in this book is that of helplessness. Obviously, in Joe's condition, he is totally helpless in a way that most cannot even imagine. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of helplessness throughout the book, using examples from the text.

2. The opposite of helplessness is power--personal power in this case. Compare and contrast the theme of helplessness to the theme of personal power as it appears in the book.

3. How do you think you might be able to gain personal power in a situation such as Joe's? Is there a situation in your life in which you feel helpless? How can you gain some personal power in that situation?

Essay Topic 2

When one is unconscious, there is no such thing as time, and when fading in and out, people feel time bunch up--like women in labor for three days saying it seems like ten hours. Considering he may have been like this for two years, Bonham feels a panicky dread. He needs to "trap" time and get back into the world. Discuss one of the following:

1. How does Joe Bonham think of time and eventually "trap" time?

2. What are the ways humans measure time and why does Bonham have such difficulty figuring out a system to measure time? Why do you think he wants to know about the passage of time?

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the construct of time? Use examples both from the text and your own experience.

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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