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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 does Hendrix say confronted two Vietnamese?
(a) Himself.
(b) His brother.
(c) His commanding officer.
(d) His lieutenant.

2. After Parker and Kress leave the furnace room, what does Pierce make Pavlo do?
(a) Sing "When the Saints Go Marching In."
(b) Push-ups.
(c) Recite his general orders.
(d) Take off his jacket.

3. What is the second question to Pavlo from Ardell?
(a) Does he know who did it.
(b) If he enjoys killing.
(c) If he will go home.
(d) If he knows what happened.

4. Who brings the test results to the soldiers?
(a) Pierce.
(b) The corporal.
(c) Ardell.
(d) Towers.

5. What does Ardell do while helping Pavlo get dressed after his suicide attempt?
(a) Whistles a marching tune.
(b) Tells the other trainees to vacate the barrack.
(c) Yells at him to wake up.
(d) Sings a marching song.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Pavlo asks how the man in the Corporal's story "knew," what was the Corporal's answer?

2. What is Pavlo's punishment for supposedly masturbating instead of practicing drill?

3. In the furnace room after Pierce accuses Pavlo's stories of being lies, what does Pierce ask Pavlo?

4. How does Tower conclude his weapon drill in Act 1, Part 3?

5. What is the subject of the first army song sung?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Pavlo dealt with struggles concerning his family/social relations? Could it be surmised that the "wound" Towers is referring to may also relate to Pavlo's wounds of the ill-effects of poor relationships throughout his life? How?

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. What is the significance of Kress's comment about Pierce fetching him a soda while getting Pavlo a medic?

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

5. 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?

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

7. Although Kress seems to be convinced that Pavlo is stupid, is this an accurate assumption? Why or why not?

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. The image of the closed coffin is the final component of the play's collage, the last piece of the puzzle that once was Pavlo's life. Describe it's effects, and comment on the general purpose of the play overall.

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