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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. After Pavlo is dressed after his suicide attempt, what does Ardell say that everyone is going to say about Pavlo?
(a) That Pavlo looks great.
(b) That people will laugh at Pavlo forever.
(c) That Pavlo will never be forgotten.
(d) That he is brave.

2. Where do the Corporal and Pavlo meet for the first time?
(a) The swimming pool.
(b) During drill.
(c) At a bar.
(d) The recreation hall.

3. What does Pavlo remind Tower of when told he had to follow through on his punishment?
(a) He does not feel well.
(b) He will do it better than anyone else in the army.
(c) He was not at fault.
(d) He has to take care of the furnace.

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

5. What is jokingly mentioned at the fact that Pavlo is still in bed while the soldiers are playing a game?
(a) That he's mentally disturbed.
(b) That he's dreaming about his father.
(c) That he's masturbating.
(d) That he's studying his dreams.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the Corporal, what were the two Vietnamese in his story wearing, although asking for help?

2. What does Pavlo realize after explaining what happened to Ardell?

3. What did the man in the Corporal's story do to the two Vietnamese people?

4. When Pavlo asks how the man in the Corporal's story "knew," what was the Corporal's answer?

5. What is the general response of the trainees to Hinkle's discovery about Pavlo's being in bed for too long?

Short Essay Questions

1. Choose and explore one character trait of Pavlo that is revealed in the beginning of this play.

2. 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.

3. What may be the significance or playwright's purpose for Pavlo realizing he's dead so far along into the play and after the climax?

4. 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?

5. How is Pavlo made to feel helpless in Part 4?

6. In what ways do the scenes where Pavlo displays helplessness give insight into the reasons for Pavlo's drive to become a better or "good" soldier?

7. Theorize on the effect that the two stabbings have on Pavlo in Act 2, Part 3.

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

9. What could be surmised about Pavlo's thoughts from his comments to Miller about wanting to be on the front lines in Act 3, Part 2?

10. This is a play that bases its dramatizations of the main character's life by employing a "collage effect," scenes seemingly unrelated and presented in a somewhat random fashion but creating an artistic overall understanding of the plot. Explain how the scenes of this act add different perspectives to Pavlo's "collage effect."

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