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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. With what does Joe compare his situation right now?

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

3. How does Joe feel about Harper as he is on his way back home from the desert?

4. Why is Bill Bonham a failure?

5. Why does Howie wake Joe up when they have gone to bed for the night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the day nurse do with Joe?

2. How does Joe realize he has no left arm and how does he feel about it?

3. Why does Joe think he is dying and why does he know he is alive?

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

5. Describe the scene at the rail station when Joe is leaving for the army.

6. 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.

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

8. How does Joe envision his nurses?

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

10. Why can't Bonham stand the train and what does he do when he sees Christ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Imagery and symbols play a large role in this story. Discuss one of the following:

1. Choose one recurring image or symbol and analyze it and show how it relates to two major themes.

2. Discuss why you think that someone in Joe's situation would include much imagery in his thought processes.

3. Why do you think any author uses images and symbols rather than clearly expressing an idea? Give examples to support your stance.

Essay Topic 2

It is obvious even in the first few chapters that Joe Bonham is severely injured. Later, the reader learns the extent of his injuries. Discuss one of the following:

1. What is the extent of Joe's injuries and is it realistic that he would have survived such a situation in the early part of the 20th century? Does this lack of realism make a difference in reading the book? Give examples to support your thesis.

2. Would you have preferred death over an existence such as Joe's after his injury? Why or why not? Would it be moral to end Joe's life if he makes it very clear that is his wish? Explain fully.

3. Discuss the concept of quality of life over quantity of days, using examples from the text and your personal experience.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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