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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 Topics

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

The first section of the book begins a theme that finds its culmination in the final chapters--the idea of dying for one's country and "freedom." Discuss one of the following:

1. During the last conflict in which there was a draft (Vietnam), many men choose to leave the United States rather than fight in a war in which they do not believe. Discuss how Joe views his being drafted and the reasons he accepts his legal obligation. How does he think about this same subject near the end of the book?

2. Is it ever moral to refuse to serve one's country? Take a stance and give detailed examples to support it.

3. Compare and contrast a war/conflict in which the United States was involved which seemed justifiable with one that does not seem as such.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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