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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 does Pavlo say is the reason behind lying to his mother about what time his train was leaving?
(a) He didn't want her embarrassing him at the station.
(b) He didn't want to embarrass himself at the station.
(c) He didn't want her seeing his father.
(d) He didn't want to see her go.

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

3. What is the subject of the first army song sung?
(a) How fun it is to be in the army.
(b) How unfaithful women are when their men are at war.
(c) How they are only strong in numbers.
(d) How having a gun makes you weaker.

4. What does Pavlo realize after explaining what happened to Ardell?
(a) Ardell is his father.
(b) He has been wounded.
(c) The explosion killed Pavlo himself.
(d) He had saved his own life.

5. According to the Corporal, what were the two Vietnamese in his story wearing, although asking for help?
(a) Satchel packets.
(b) Handcuffs.
(c) Dresses, although men.
(d) Make-up.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Ardell remind Pavlo of in the event of a radiation attack?

4. Who does Hendrix say confronted two Vietnamese?

5. After the Corporal and Pavlo meet, what does Pavlo say in the barracks is so important about being a good soldier?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. What is Pavlo's attitude despite the terribleness of the situations consistently surrounding him in Act 2, Part 3?

6. 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?

7. .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?

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

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

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

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