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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 is Pavlo drunkenly talking to in the opening scene?
(a) A Vietnamese barmaid/prostitute.
(b) A bartender.
(c) A repairman.
(d) A janitor.

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

3. Where does Ardell say he's from?
(a) Georgia.
(b) New York.
(c) Kentucky.
(d) Tennessee

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the occupation of the main character?

2. Who are the two characters in the furnace room when Pavlo first enters?

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

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

5. Who in Towers's story to the trainees did Towers surprise during World War II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What might "Jody" in the final military song of Act 2, Part 5 represent or metaphorically speak to?

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

3. Using the fragmentary nature of the plot line thus far as a platform, describe the impression it has on the way by which the audience will begin to learn about the main character.

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

5. 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?

6. In the final scene, how does Wall live up to the metaphorical meaning of his name?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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