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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Pierce first drunkenly say to Pavlo?
(a) That it's a riot being squad leader.
(b) That it's confusing being squad leader.
(c) That it's no fun being squad leader.
(d) That it's strange to be squad leader.

2. What was Pavlo's reason to Pierce for telling stories in the furnace room?
(a) Parker asked him to tell.
(b) Kress asked him to tell.
(c) He gets so bored he has to tell stories.
(d) Kress and Parker were picking on him

3. When Pavlo asks how the man in the Corporal's story "knew," what was the Corporal's answer?
(a) That he was a bit crazy.
(b) That he had ESP.
(c) That he just "knew."
(d) That this was the way it should be.

4. While Towers is giving bayonet instruction, what does he say one must have in order to use it properly?
(a) "The spirit to kill."
(b) "The ability to kill."
(c) "The ability to listen."
(d) "The desire to destroy."

5. What game does Hendrix challenge Pavlo to when they first meet?
(a) Trivia.
(b) Darts.
(c) Pool.
(d) Poker.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Pavlo accused of being by the trainees?

2. What does Pavlo remind Tower of when told he had to follow through on his punishment?

3. Upon finding Pavlo in the state he is in, what does Hinkle do upon returning to the game?

4. What is the story about that Pavlo tells Pierce in the furnace room?

5. Where does Ardell say he's from?

Short Essay Questions

1. The image of the closed coffin is the final component of the play's collage, the last piece of the puzzle that once was Pavlo's life. Describe it's effects, and comment on the general purpose of the play overall.

2. Using the fragmentary nature of the plot line thus far as a platform, describe the impression it has on the way by which the audience will begin to learn about the main character.

3. What character traits can be seen from Pavlo as he struggles throughout this play thus far, in his attempt to become a good soldier. Provide evidence/examples.

4. Pavlo seems to respond to events in many different ways. Explain how his response to Pierce, when Pierce urges him to fight back, can be viewed as a highly perceptive and telling one for the audience about Pavlo's life views.

5. .What do you think is the most important aspect/theme to know about Pavlo's motivation to have joined the army, and how is this shown throughout this section?

6. What is Pavlo's attitude despite the terribleness of the situations consistently surrounding him in Act 2, Part 3?

7. How is Pavlo's interactions and awareness of Brisbey and his plight of significance to the audience's understanding of what happens to people as a result of being involved in war?

8. In the final section, Act 2, Part 5, in what ways does the playwright employ an anti-war message?

9. After some prompting from Ardell in the final Act, Pavlo shouts repeatedly that it's all shit. His shouts eventually become a scream of rage and frustration. What can we say Ardell represents throughout this play for Pavlo, as well as for the audience?

10. In what ways are the playwright's use of the "collage effect" of creation especially poignant in this act?

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