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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. Where and when does this story take place?
(a) During the Vietnam War in the 1960s.
(b) During Apartheid in the 1930s.
(c) During The Holocaust in 1940.
(d) During the maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912.

2. When Pierce and Pavlo are speaking in the furnace room, what does Ardell do to Pavlo as the other trainees are in formation?
(a) Gives him a heavy rock to hold above his head.
(b) Punches Pavlo.
(c) Runs him through weapons drill.
(d) Tells him to go home.

3. What is Ardell's first comment when he enters the barracks, in Act 1, Part 4?
(a) That he was waiting outside.
(b) How the fuss and noise is Pavlo's fault.
(c) That he was just sleeping.
(d) That the trainees can't take care of themselves.

4. What is Pierce doing when Pavlo first meets him?
(a) Studying.
(b) Doing push-ups.
(c) Jogging.
(d) Swimming.

5. What does Pavlo realize after explaining what happened to Ardell?
(a) He has been wounded.
(b) The explosion killed Pavlo himself.
(c) Ardell is his father.
(d) He had saved his own life.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ardell first ask Pavlo?

2. After Pavlo is dressed after his suicide attempt, what does Ardell say that everyone is going to say about Pavlo?

3. What does Ardell do while helping Pavlo get dressed after his suicide attempt?

4. What is Pavlo's first question to Ardell after he is attacked in the barracks?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Consider the graphic scenes presented in this part, and think about the word "mutilation." Employ this word to describe the deeper meanings of what is happening in these scenes. How are things, people, and ideas mutilated throughout this scene?

2. Compare and explain the relationship of Pavlo's enthusiasm for killing and what happens to Parham in Act 2, Part 4.

3. 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?

4. Although Kress seems to be convinced that Pavlo is stupid, is this an accurate assumption? Why or why not?

5. 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.

6. How is the incident of Pavlo taking the aspirin and not waking up during the other trainees' games symbolic? How is this foreshadowing?

7. What can the audience understand about Pavlo's mentality in Act 2, Part 4 when Pavlo shouts back to Ardell after being wounded that they can "hurt him as many times as they want?"

8. What noteworthy aspect to Pavlo is hinted at in his story about Joanna, and what does it reveal to the audience about a possibly consistent trait of his character and experience?

9. How is Pavlo egocentric, almost childish? Explore the ways in which these traits are dramatized.

10. Identify and explore, using examples, a key component to Pavlo's character in this act.

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