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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 Superintendent of School Hargraves say about the airplane?

2. What did Joe's father ask him when he arrives at home?

3. What minor injury does Joe think about?

4. Why does Joe think he is masked?

5. In what month is Joe's birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bonham realize he wants?

2. How does the prostitute that Joe thinks he loves handle the situation?

3. What does Joe think when he thinks of his family and what does he see as the reality?

4. What solution finally comes to Joe about keeping track of time?

5. Why does Joe wish someone would pick up the phone and what happens when they do?

6. Who does Joe call out to in his nightmare and why?

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

8. What does Joe think guys should do when called up for the military?

9. What does Joe remember about New Year's Eve in Shale City and Los Angeles?

10. What obstacle does Joe see in their granting his request and what is his solution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Electric pain shakes him hard and throws him back into bed, exhausted. He feels sweat all over beneath bandages that wrap him top to bottom. Knowing he is hurt badly, he feels his heart pounding but cannot hear his pulse. This means he is "stone deaf".

1. Do you think the normal reaction in Joe's situation would be to want to die? Why or why not?

2. Discuss the ways in which you believe Joe's pain might be affecting his mind and emotions.

3. Joe has found out by logical deduction that he is deaf. How do you think that knowledge has affected him? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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