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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 is Pavlo's response to Ardell's comment about a radiation attack?
(a) He nods his head violently until Ardell stops him.
(b) He repeats the word "no" over and over.
(c) He laughs in Ardell's face.
(d) He begins to cry.

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

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

4. Who does Pavlo yell at to get off his bed?
(a) Parker.
(b) Kress.
(c) Pierce.
(d) Towers.

5. What does Pavlo shout out at the end of Act 1, Part 4?
(a) That he is "finished."
(b) That he is "Pavlo Motherhumping Hummel."
(c) That he should just "move and do."
(d) That he "can't see anything."

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Hendrix say confronted two Vietnamese?

2. What did the man in the Corporal's story do to the two Vietnamese people?

3. What does Ardell first ask Pavlo?

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

5. What was Pavlo's reason to Pierce for telling stories in the furnace room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Tower mentions the North Star more than a few times throughout the play, and finally in Act 2, Part 4. Up until this point, what are the possible meanings of these references to the North Star?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. How is Pavlo made to feel helpless in Part 4?

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

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

7. 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?

8. How does the scene in which Pavlo grabs the grenade display yet another ironic moment in his seemingly life-long struggle for identity? What character trait seems to remain intact to the very end of his life, possibly leading to his ultimate demise?

9. Theorize on the effect that the two stabbings have on Pavlo in Act 2, Part 3.

10. Explain the possible complexities of symbolism behind Pavlo's wound in this play.

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