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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 two words does Ardell claim will be of meaning to all people after this event?
(a) Pavlo Boy.
(b) Pavlo Hummel.
(c) Joanna Hummel.
(d) Division Five.

2. What is Pavlo's first question to Tower?
(a) Why did he join the army.
(b) Where he's from.
(c) How old is he.
(d) How many push-ups he can do.

3. What does Pierce urge Pavlo to do in response to the people tormenting him?
(a) To quit the army.
(b) To announce his problem in the barracks.
(c) To make friends with them.
(d) To fight back.

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

5. Who does Pavlo says writes to him concerning Joanna?
(a) His sister.
(b) His mother.
(c) His brother.
(d) His wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Pavlo's punishment for supposedly masturbating instead of practicing drill?

2. What kind of a game do Pierce, Hinkle, and Kress set up?

3. Who brings the test results to the soldiers?

4. How in the barracks during the conversation about Pavlo joining infantry did Pavlo claim his mother would react?

5. Where does Ardell say he's from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the possible complexities of symbolism behind Pavlo's wound in this play.

2. Pavlo believes that good soldiers are never helpless in any situation. How does this belief play out and dramatize itself in his experience with the Corporal and following scenes?

3. What can be deduced about Ardell's attitude and actions towards Pavlo in this part?

4. In this brief section of Act 2, Part 3, how is Pavlo again confronted with a vivid reminder of the destruction involved in war?

5. How is Pavlo's understanding of acceptable social engagement impaired? Back up your answer with examples.

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

7. How are the depths of Pavlo's innocence defined in this scene?

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

9. How can an implication of mixing Christ with war be understood, considering Brisbey's reference of Christ being "nailed?"

10. Why is Pavlo's unnecessary killing of the elderly Vietnamese man included in Act 2, Part 4? Extrapolate the significance of including this moment in this scene.

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