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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. How many times has Flannigan been married?
2. What was the name of the first girl with whom Joe had sex ?
3. What do the Americans wish they were drinking?
4. What does Laurette give Joe for a graduation present?
5. About what does Joe worry?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Bonham consider himself a slave and what does he ask God?
2. What does Joe think about when he can feel dawn?
3. What does Joe imagine as he waits for the nurse to return and do you think he is overreacting?
4. What does Joe think is the key to knowing time and how does he plan to use the key?
5. What did Lucky survive in America and how did she survive it?
6. What does Bonham realize he wants?
7. Why does Joe feel a dread about time and what does he think he needs to do?
8. What is Bonham's initial thought when asked what he wants and why do you think this is so?
9. What obstacle does Joe see in their granting his request and what is his solution?
10. What does Joe remember about New Year's Eve in Shale City and Los Angeles?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Joe thinks about how the doctor's have saved his life, but he rather than feeling appreciative, he is resentful and feels more like a science experiment. Discuss one of the following:
1. Elaborate on and analyze Joe's attitudes towards the doctors both at the field hospital and in his long term care facility.
2. Discuss the pros and cons of saving life at any cost, whether on the battlefield or otherwise.
3. One might think that doctors work harder to save young people because they are young and have not had a full lifespan, yet, in our culture, doctors often go to heroic efforts to save quite elderly persons, spending much resources for little return. Are their efforts "heroic"? Discuss fully.
Essay Topic 2
The first section of the book begins a theme that finds its culmination in the final chapters--the idea of dying for one's country and "freedom." Discuss one of the following:
1. During the last conflict in which there was a draft (Vietnam), many men choose to leave the United States rather than fight in a war in which they do not believe. Discuss how Joe views his being drafted and the reasons he accepts his legal obligation. How does he think about this same subject near the end of the book?
2. Is it ever moral to refuse to serve one's country? Take a stance and give detailed examples to support it.
3. Compare and contrast a war/conflict in which the United States was involved which seemed justifiable with one that does not seem as such.
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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