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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 letters does the dead soldier Hennessey receive?

2. In Part 2, Chapter 3, which character is upset that the officers have a higher standard of living than the soldiers?

3. During Part 2, Chapter 8, what are most of the soldiers doing?

4. How does Wilson control his wife?

5. Who does Cummings blame for him not knowing the severity of the storm?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Cummings solution to bring the men back in line and give one example of this?

2. Why are the officers upset about the food they receive in the Army?

3. What is Hearn's punishment, so to speak, for questioning Cummings's division of the food?

4. After carrying Wilson and enduring the heat and exhaustion, why didn't the men leave Wilson behind?

5. How does the general mood eventually change, and how is this different that what was experienced on the island?

6. Why does Hearn think he is becoming a prude?

7. How is Wilson described in chapter 1?

8. What is learned about Cummings sexuality in Part 2, Chapter 6 and what leads to this conclusion?

9. As the men continue to trek up the mountain, what is their general physical condition?

10. What does Cummings write about in his secret journal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book takes place on a fictional island.

1) Were the events in the book indicative of actual historical events? Explain your answer.

2) Are there any recorded battles that took place on a similar island? .

Essay Topic 2

Some authors will write based on experience and may at time identify with one of the characters in their stories. Research the life of Norma Mailer to answer the following question: do you think Mailer is like any of the characters in his story? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The following essay will be on the Inner conflict of Cummings. Write an essay to address the following questions.

1) Describe the inner conflict of Cummings.

2) How did Cummings deal with his own conflict.

3) Cummings kept this conflict private except in one instance with Hearn. Describe that instance and explain how Hearn's feelings toward Cummings changed.

4) Be the end of the story, had Cummings come to terms with his inner conflict?

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