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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. Who does Hendrix say confronted two Vietnamese?
(a) His brother.
(b) Himself.
(c) His commanding officer.
(d) His lieutenant.

2. After the Corporal and Pavlo meet, what does Pavlo say in the barracks is so important about being a good soldier?
(a) To see and move.
(b) To run and move.
(c) To hear and know.
(d) To run and turn.

3. What does Pavlo also explain thinking about while holding the grenade?
(a) How he might not live.
(b) How his dad taught him to throw.
(c) How he would cover the granade with his body.
(d) How well his hometown baseball coach could throw.

4. Who addresses the trainees when called to formation in Act 1, Part 2?
(a) Towers.
(b) Captain A.
(c) A stand-in messenger for the Sergeant.
(d) Ardell.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason for practicing weapons drill does Pavlo give to Towers when asked?

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

3. What is Ardell's first comment when he enters the barracks, in Act 1, Part 4?

4. Who does Pavlo yell at to get off his bed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What key moments in Act 1, Part 4 drive the momentum and energy of the plot forward, and what feeling does that have the potential to create in the audience?

2. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. Identify two juxtaposed aspects to Pavlo's character, and explain how they affect his identity.

8. .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?

9. What dramatic changes occur to Pavlo and his mentality in Act 2, Part 4?

10. In what way does Pavlo try to become "a good soldier"? Explain what seems to get in the way of this endeavor.

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