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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 realize now that he has "trapped" time?
2. How many times has Flannigan been married?
3. Why does Joe think he might be in an English hospital?
4. Where does Joe say they can take him?
5. How does Joe feel about those who hold him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Joe in his third year in the hospital?
2. What does Joe remember about New Year's Eve in Shale City and Los Angeles?
3. What does Joe say every Allied nation expects?
4. What is Bonham's initial thought when asked what he wants and why do you think this is so?
5. Why does Joe think he's in England?
6. What solution finally comes to Joe about keeping track of time?
7. What did Lucky survive in America and how did she survive it?
8. Describe Bonnie Flannigan and what does she tell Joe?
9. What is Joe's first response to what the nurse communicates to him?
10. Why does Bonham lose track of everything and what does he do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the images in the book is the returning to the womb of an adult. Joe often expresses a feeling of being in a womb. When he first begins assessing his situation in the hospital, he expresses the desire that his mother care for him as he saw her care for his youngest sister, Elizabeth. Discuss the following:
1. How is the image of being in a womb both a positive and negative one in the book?
2. Why do you think Joe yearns for his mother to treat him like his young sister? Do you think his mother would be willing to care for Joe?
3. Many people who are dying, especially unexpectedly or in combat, call out for "mother." Discuss why you think this is so and include examples from the text.
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
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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