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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

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 2

Joe muses on his being a prisoner and as he does so, he empathizes with prisoners throughout the ages. Discuss one of the following:

1. Discuss fully how involuntary confinement affects the human spirit. Use examples from the text and personal experience.

2. Compare and contrast the experience of a prisoner who is one due to his choice to commit a crime versus a prisoner who has done no wrong but is one due to oppression by those stronger than s/he.

3. Are there more humane and rehabilitative methods to confine dangerous or criminal people than the United State's current methods?

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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