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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 Pavlo say he did when he read the letter?
(a) Lost his temper.
(b) Apologizes in another letter.
(c) Goes to a bar.
(d) Goes to church to pray.

2. What is the general response of the trainees to Hinkle's discovery about Pavlo's being in bed for too long?
(a) The game continues and jokes are made about Pavlo.
(b) The game abruptly ends.
(c) The trainees fight about what to do.
(d) The trainees become confused.

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

4. What is Pavlo accused of being by the trainees?
(a) A liar.
(b) A prisoner.
(c) A murderer.
(d) A thief.

5. After Parker and Kress leave the furnace room, what does Pierce make Pavlo do?
(a) Push-ups.
(b) Recite his general orders.
(c) Sing "When the Saints Go Marching In."
(d) Take off his jacket.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Hinkle ordered to do upon the realization that Pavlo is close to death?

2. What does Ardell remind Pavlo of in the event of a radiation attack?

3. What is the name of the man whose wallet Pavlo was accused of stealing?

4. In the furnace room after Pierce accuses Pavlo's stories of being lies, what does Pierce ask Pavlo?

5. After Pavlo is finally redressed, what does Ardell comment upon as the trainees leave the barrack?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the opening scenes of this play different than others? Plot-wise, hypothesize over the purpose of this style of opening.

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

3. How does the scene in which Pavlo grabs the grenade display yet another ironic moment in his seemingly life-long struggle for identity? What character trait seems to remain intact to the very end of his life, possibly leading to his ultimate demise?

4. Explain the nature of and reasoning behind Pavlo's lies.

5. 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?"

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

7. How is it ironic that Pavlo has joined the army in order to find his true, personal identity?

8. Theorize about what Yen might represent to Pavlo beyond the opportunity for sex.

9. Explain how Tower's instructions on chest wounds can be directly related to Pavlo's emotional wounds.

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

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