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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 Jose want to know from the rest of the workers at the bakery?

2. What does Joe realize that he can't tell the difference between?

3. What does Joe think he should have done about Diane instead rushing out to work in the desert?

4. What did the doctors use to put in a window of a guy who had his stomach blown away?

5. What minor injury does Joe think about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joe want to stop and why?

2. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

3. How does Joe think he might be able to tell being awake and asleep with no eyes?

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

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

6. When is Joe's birthday; how did they celebrate; and what present did Glen give him one year? What came a few months after that present?

7. What idea does Pinky Carson come up with for Jose and how does that work out?

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

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

10. As Joe's pain fades some what does he think about and how does he feel about being deaf?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If human beings are both body and spirit as many religions suggest, Joe seems to be existing in a grey area--neither fully body nor fully spirit. Discuss the following:

1. What aspects of Joe's present life are most like being in "spirit" form? Give examples and analyze your examples.

2. What aspects of Joe's present life are most like being in "corporal" form? Give examples and analyze your examples.

3. How does Joe's actions over the course of the novel demonstrate his preference for either aspect--body or spirit?

Essay Topic 2

This story is written in a series of flashbacks in a stream-of-consciousness style. Discuss one of the following:

1. Define flashback and stream of consciousness. What are some reasons an author would choose to use each of these literary devices? Give examples of each from the text.

2. Analyze the way the author uses flashbacks to make Joe a more complex, well-rounded character. Does the fact that the flashbacks are not chronological make the story more realistic? What are the advantages and disadvantages of flashbacks?

3. A narration using stream of consciousness can be difficult at times to follow and understand because most people's brains when reading are more linear and organized, though the thought process tends to be associative. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the stream-of-consciousness style in this book.

Essay Topic 3

Joe Bonham also has to join, and ends up lying in bed, thinking this is no place for him, no war for him, none of his business. What does he care about making the world safe for democracy?

1. Compare Joe's feelings about war and his assertion that it is none of his business with the ideas many Vietnam draftees expressed.

2. Do you think Joe's reaction to war is a common reaction for draftees? Why or why not?

3. The idea that rich, political persons declare war but the common, poor person fights them. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

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