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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. Who are the two characters in the furnace room when Pavlo first enters?
(a) Towers and Parker.
(b) Ardell and Kress.
(c) Towers and Ardell.
(d) Kress and Parker.

2. Who is the first person to enter the barracks that is not a trainee in Act 1, Part 4?
(a) The corporal.
(b) Ardell.
(c) Hendrix.
(d) Towers.

3. What will Towers now name or call each trainee from Act 1 on?
(a) US Army.
(b) Kid.
(c) Army Boy.
(d) Boy.

4. What game does Hendrix challenge Pavlo to when they first meet?
(a) Pool.
(b) Trivia.
(c) Poker.
(d) Darts.

5. What is the first thing Ardell tells Pavlo to do upon entering the room?
(a) Salute.
(b) Stand up.
(c) Lie down.
(d) Get out.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Ardell say he's from?

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

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

4. Who in Towers's story to the trainees did Towers surprise during World War II?

5. What does Pavlo shout out at the end of Act 1, Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the depths of Pavlo's innocence defined in this scene?

2. Explain how Tower's instructions on chest wounds can be directly related to Pavlo's emotional wounds.

3. How is Pavlo's interactions and awareness of Brisbey and his plight of significance to the audience's understanding of what happens to people as a result of being involved in war?

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

5. Theorize as to Parham's purpose in the play besides being another wounded soldier/dead body for Pavlo to save in Act 2, Part 3.

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

7. 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.

8. How is Pavlo egocentric, almost childish? Explore the ways in which these traits are dramatized.

9. Identify two juxtaposed aspects to Pavlo's character, and explain how they affect his identity.

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

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