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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 think about the fact that they cut off his arm?

2. Joe would think he was dead except why?

3. What does Joe realize when he tries to kick the blankets off?

4. What is happening in Joe's mind as he lays in bed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What doesn't Joe understand about being alive?

2. How does Joe come to know he has no face?

3. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

4. What does the little guy waiting for the train with Joe say? How does Joe answer him? What do they do then?

5. Describe how Joe is feeling while working in the desert.

6. What does Joe want to stop and why?

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

8. How does Joe envision his nurses?

9. What does Joe think about to try and use his mind?

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

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

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

For a few brief moments at the end of the book before Joe is sedated, he is able to communicate his desire to have a purpose. Discuss the following:

1. What does Joe offer to do? Is this a wise thing to suggest?

2. What is the response to Joe's offer? Why?

3. Why is having a sense of purpose so important to Joe?

4. Do you think Joe will re-think what he offers given the response and try to communicate again? Why or why not?

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