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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) Ardell and Kress.
(b) Towers and Ardell.
(c) Kress and Parker.
(d) Towers and Parker.

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

3. When Pavlo asks how the man in the Corporal's story "knew," what was the Corporal's answer?
(a) That he was a bit crazy.
(b) That he just "knew."
(c) That he had ESP.
(d) That this was the way it should be.

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

5. What does Pierce urge Pavlo to do in response to the people tormenting him?
(a) To quit the army.
(b) To fight back.
(c) To make friends with them.
(d) To announce his problem in the barracks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ardell say to Pavlo in regards to the person Pavlo sees in the mirror?

2. Where is Pavlo while Pierce, HInkle, and Kress are setting up their game?

3. What is Ardell's first comment when he enters the barracks, in Act 1, Part 4?

4. What is the second question to Pavlo from Ardell?

5. According to the Corporal, what were the two Vietnamese in his story wearing, although asking for help?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the nature of and reasoning behind Pavlo's lies.

2. 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?"

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

4. What dramatic changes occur to Pavlo and his mentality in Act 2, Part 4?

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. 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?

7. In what ways are the playwright's use of the "collage effect" of creation especially poignant in this act?

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

9. In this scene, Pavlo seems unable to do anything for himself and is guided by the other characters' help to get dressed and go through the motions of what he is "supposed" to do. What similarities can be found between this external dressing of Pavlo and running thematic points throughout the play in general?

10. Theorize about what Yen might represent to Pavlo beyond the opportunity for sex.

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