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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. Why does the King thank Sgt. Masters?

2. What is essential to the rat project?

3. What are Max, Tex and Marlowe doing at the opening of Chapter 9?

4. By what are King and Marlowe shaken?

5. What is Daven doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first meeting between The King and Marlowe.

2. Why are Marlowe and Cox standing sentry duty?

3. Who does Col. Brant reprimand and for what reason?

4. What does Malowe learn about rats?

5. Describe Flt. Lt. Peter Marlowe.

6. What are Lt. Grey's thoughts after being assigned new duties?

7. Why are Marlowe's bungalow mates upset that Marlowe refuses the King's offer of a percentage of the tobacco profits?

8. Describe Col. Kennedy's reactions to Steven.

9. How does Marlowe astound the King?

10. Why does Marlowe run for his water bottle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lt. Grey accepts the principle of the lesser evil and that the ends justify the means. Discuss the following:

1. Define and discuss the phase "the ends justifies the means"?

2. What is the "ends" for the men in Changi? What is the means of obtaining that end? Is the means always good? Moral? Justified?

3. Can someone in such a situation as Changi choose to always take the "high road" and still survive? Do any of the characters do so? Discuss with examples.

Essay Topic 2

Lt. Grey feels in a moral quandary about using paper from a Bible to roll cigarettes. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss several moral quandaries in which various characters find themselves. What usually wins out: morality or survival?

2. Are all the moral choices about survival? Are there other moral choices the characters have to make that has nothing to do with their survival--or are all choices in a place such as Changi linked to survival?

3. Discuss five characters and the limits they put upon themselves as far as their choices between right and wrong. In other words, do the characters have a point at which they will not go beyond even to ensure their survival?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, the idea that a radio is essential to the good morale is introduced. Discuss the following:

1. Explain why you think the Japanese commander is continually searching for contraband radios. What should happen to a POW who is discovered to have "sold" the location of a camp radio to the Japanese?

2. Demonstrate using examples from the text how the radio contributes to the emotional/psychological well being of the men.

3. How does a radio play into the actual survival of the POWs at the end of the book?

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