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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 do some of the soldiers in France do that are too scared to talk?

2. What does Joe ask Kareen in his dream?

3. Why does Joe Bonham wish someone would pick up the phone?

4. What does Joe think is crawling on him?

5. How much did the bread sacks Joe lifted at the bakery weigh?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Joe think about guys fighting for liberty?

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

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

5. What does Joe think about doctors and war?

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

7. Why doesn't Joe worry about loss of appetite?

8. Why does Howie wake Joe up after working all day on the railroad?

9. How far does Joe walk to get to the bakery and how much money does he make?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joe Bonham wonders why people are so inconsiderate, and feels more like he is coming out of ether rather than hung over, and is tired of hearing that his father is dead and going home. Father can die only once, so the phone must be part of a dream.

1. Joe is lying in a VA hospital with horrific injuries. He feels like he is coming out of ether. He is. The world at the moment seems unreal to him. Explain the flashbacks and images that Joe has in his head at the beginning of the book.

2. Almost all of this book is written as flashbacks to Joe's life before he was injured. How did this narrative technique enhance the book? Given Joe's injuries, discuss any other options the author may have had to tell the story.

3. How did the fact that this book is almost entirely flashbacks affect the pace? What about the plot? How did it enhance or obscure the themes?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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