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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 do after weapons drill that nobody else does?
(a) Jumping jacks.
(b) Pull-ups.
(c) Push-ups.
(d) Sit-ups.

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

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

4. In the furnace room after Pierce accuses Pavlo's stories of being lies, what does Pierce ask Pavlo?
(a) Why he is in the army.
(b) What he wants to be in ten years.
(c) Whether he has any pride.
(d) When he's leaving the army.

5. What is the second question to Pavlo from Ardell?
(a) If he will go home.
(b) If he knows what happened.
(c) If he enjoys killing.
(d) Does he know who did it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Pavlo's response to Ardell's comment about a radiation attack?

2. What does Pavlo tell Pierce his name really is?

3. Who is the first person to enter the barracks that is not a trainee in Act 1, Part 4?

4. Who does Pierce say he is worried about while he is drunk talking with Pavlo?

5. What is Pavlo's first question to Tower?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. This is a play that bases its dramatizations of the main character's life by employing a "collage effect," scenes seemingly unrelated and presented in a somewhat random fashion but creating an artistic overall understanding of the plot. Explain how the scenes of this act add different perspectives to Pavlo's "collage effect."

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

5. The image of the closed coffin is the final component of the play's collage, the last piece of the puzzle that once was Pavlo's life. Describe it's effects, and comment on the general purpose of the play overall.

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

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

8. 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.

9. What noteworthy aspect to Pavlo is hinted at in his story about Joanna, and what does it reveal to the audience about a possibly consistent trait of his character and experience?

10. 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?"

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