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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 two words does Ardell claim will be of meaning to all people after this event?
(a) Pavlo Boy.
(b) Division Five.
(c) Pavlo Hummel.
(d) Joanna Hummel.

2. What does Ardell say to Pavlo in regards to the person Pavlo sees in the mirror?
(a) That he is only seeing his face and not his heart.
(b) That it isn't Pavlo Hummel anymore.
(c) That Pavlo can't see beyond himself.
(d) That the person is his mother.

3. Who does Pierce say he is worried about while he is drunk talking with Pavlo?
(a) Kress.
(b) Pavlo.
(c) Parker.
(d) Ardell.

4. What did the man in the Corporal's story do to the two Vietnamese people?
(a) Took their weapons.
(b) Begged for forgiveness.
(c) Spit in their faces.
(d) Shot them dead.

5. What relative(s) does Pavlo say he has?
(a) A father and step-mother.
(b) A sister and half-brother.
(c) A half-sister and twin brother.
(d) A mother and half-brother.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where and when does this story take place?

2. What does the Corporal say it is easy to do in Vietnam?

3. What kind of a game do Pierce, Hinkle, and Kress set up?

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

5. After Pavlo is dressed after his suicide attempt, what does Ardell say that everyone is going to say about Pavlo?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. 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?"

4. .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?

5. Explore the ways in which Pavlo is made to feel helpless in this act. Theorize on the writer's purpose for creating these moments.

6. In the final scene, how does Wall live up to the metaphorical meaning of his name?

7. 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.

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

9. How can an implication of mixing Christ with war be understood, considering Brisbey's reference of Christ being "nailed?"

10. In what ways do the scenes where Pavlo displays helplessness give insight into the reasons for Pavlo's drive to become a better or "good" soldier?

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