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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 happening in the barracks when Ardell first appears to find Pavlo near death?
(a) The trainees are making fun of Pavlo.
(b) Pavlo is fighting with Kress.
(c) The trainees are getting Pavlo to stand up.
(d) Kress is making fun of Pavlo.

2. What are the soldiers in the barracks gambling with?
(a) Cigarettes.
(b) Soap.
(c) Cards.
(d) Dice.

3. What is the story about that Pavlo tells Pierce in the furnace room?
(a) When he drank too much in high school.
(b) His uncle being executed.
(c) His mother's insanity.
(d) How he used to love fire.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Pavlo's reason to Pierce for telling stories in the furnace room?

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

3. What is Ardell's reason for not believing what he's seeing in Pavlo's mind?

4. When Pierce and Pavlo are speaking in the furnace room, what does Ardell do to Pavlo as the other trainees are in formation?

5. After Parker and Kress leave the furnace room, what does Pierce make Pavlo do?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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."

2. How is this scene, as well as Ardell's character, a seminaly metaphoric catalyst, displaying Pavlo's transformations and inner desires?

3. .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?

4. How does Pavlo's answer Kress regarding stealing and how does this provide an insight into Pavlo's egocentric nature?

5. 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.

6. What character traits can be seen from Pavlo as he struggles throughout this play thus far, in his attempt to become a good soldier. Provide evidence/examples.

7. In the final section, Act 2, Part 5, in what ways does the playwright employ an anti-war message?

8. Pavlo believes that good soldiers are never helpless in any situation. How does this belief play out and dramatize itself in his experience with the Corporal and following scenes?

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

10. 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?

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