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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 is Ardell's reason for not believing what he's seeing in Pavlo's mind?
(a) Because it doesn't make sense.
(b) Because it is so simple.
(c) Because it is so strange.
(d) Because it is so complicated.

2. As Hinkle goes out of the barracks, what does Kress ask him to do?
(a) Never come back.
(b) Get him a soda.
(c) Forget it ever happened.
(d) Sing while he goes.

3. What happens after the whistle blows?
(a) A messenger arrives.
(b) A squad of army recruits enter.
(c) Pavlo runs out of the room.
(d) Ardell leaves the room.

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

5. What does Ardell first ask Pavlo?
(a) If he knows what happened.
(b) If he has killed.
(c) Where he thinks he's going.
(d) His age.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ardell tell Pavlo to do after being found close to death?

2. What does Pavlo do after weapons drill that nobody else does?

3. What does Pavlo do when he sees Pierce coming after being beaten up by the other trainees?

4. What does Pavlo remind Tower of when told he had to follow through on his punishment?

5. How does Pavlo first respond to the army recruits?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Brisbey's talk on the depth of the ocean a metaphorical slight towards Pavlo?

6. In what ways can Pavlo be considered a classic "tragic figure" by the time the audience reaches Act 2, Part 4? Relate him to other well-known tragic figures in literature.

7. 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?

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

9. How is the incident of Pavlo taking the aspirin and not waking up during the other trainees' games symbolic? How is this foreshadowing?

10. What is the significance of Kress's comment about Pierce fetching him a soda while getting Pavlo a medic?

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