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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. Along with one other soldier, who must repeat their basic training?
(a) Pierce.
(b) Kress.
(c) Parker.
(d) Hinkle.

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

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

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

5. Who breaks up the fight between Kress and Pavlo after the test?
(a) Towers.
(b) Ardell.
(c) Pierce.
(d) Parker.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Pavlo have thrown over him when he once entered the barracks?

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

3. What relative(s) does Pavlo say he has?

4. While Towers is giving bayonet instruction, what does he say one must have in order to use it properly?

5. What does Ardell instruct Pavlo on in the event of a gas attack?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explore the reasons why Pavlo might be desperate for a new identity.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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?"

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

8. What may be the significance or playwright's purpose for Pavlo realizing he's dead so far along into the play and after the climax?

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

10. 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."

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