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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 when Tower tells him not to ask questions like his first?
(a) Asks another question.
(b) Runs out of formation to the furnace room.
(c) Cries in front of Towers.
(d) Tries to shoot Towers.

2. When the trainees are called to formation by the second whistle blow of the play , what does Pavlo do while Pierce prepares to go?
(a) Asks Pierce not to go.
(b) Refuses to go to formation.
(c) Tries to pick a fight with Parker.
(d) Begins singing.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the answer to Pavlo's question to Ardell?

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

3. The corporal tells Pavlo that if he's lucky, he'll be . . .

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

5. What is the occupation of the main character?

Short Essay Questions

1. What can be deduced about Ardell's attitude and actions towards Pavlo in this part?

2. 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.

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

4. How does the action unfolding in Act 2, Part 4 blur the line between delusion and reality in Pavlo's mind?

5. 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."

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

7. 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.

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

10. Pavlo seems to respond to events in many different ways. Explain how his response to Pierce, when Pierce urges him to fight back, can be viewed as a highly perceptive and telling one for the audience about Pavlo's life views.

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