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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 did Pavlo have thrown over him when he once entered the barracks?
(a) Water.
(b) Dirty clothes.
(c) A blanket.
(d) A tarp.

2. What kind of a game do Pierce, Hinkle, and Kress set up?
(a) Crazy eights.
(b) Black Jack.
(c) Kings.
(d) Poker.

3. What does the Corporal say it is easy to do in Vietnam?
(a) Get laid.
(b) Buy a new weapon.
(c) Find a wife.
(d) Get a trip to Cambodia.

4. What does Ardell first ask Pavlo?
(a) If he knows what happened.
(b) His age.
(c) Where he thinks he's going.
(d) If he has killed.

5. What was Pavlo's reason to Pierce for telling stories in the furnace room?
(a) He gets so bored he has to tell stories.
(b) Kress and Parker were picking on him
(c) Kress asked him to tell.
(d) Parker asked him to tell.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What game does Hendrix challenge Pavlo to when they first meet?

3. What does Pierce urge Pavlo to do in response to the people tormenting him?

4. What reason for practicing weapons drill does Pavlo give to Towers when asked?

5. Who breaks up the fight between Kress and Pavlo after the test?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What could be surmised about Pavlo's thoughts from his comments to Miller about wanting to be on the front lines in Act 3, Part 2?

3. How does Pavlo's egocentrism and immaturity play a part in misleading him from the identity he so strongly desires?

4. In this brief section of Act 2, Part 3, how is Pavlo again confronted with a vivid reminder of the destruction involved in war?

5. 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.

6. Consider the graphic scenes presented in this part, and think about the word "mutilation." Employ this word to describe the deeper meanings of what is happening in these scenes. How are things, people, and ideas mutilated throughout this scene?

7. Pavlo believes that good soldiers are never helpless in any situation. How does this belief play out and dramatize itself in his experience with the Corporal and following scenes?

8. 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?

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

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

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