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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. As Hinkle goes out of the barracks, what does Kress ask him to do?
(a) Sing while he goes.
(b) Get him a soda.
(c) Forget it ever happened.
(d) Never come back.

2. In the furnace room after Pierce accuses Pavlo's stories of being lies, what does Pierce ask Pavlo?
(a) Whether he has any pride.
(b) When he's leaving the army.
(c) Why he is in the army.
(d) What he wants to be in ten years.

3. What happens to Pavlo in Act 1, Part 4 after Pavlo first enters the barracks?
(a) He is asked to "walk the plank."
(b) He gets beaten up.
(c) He is given a sedative.
(d) He gets thrown out of the barracks.

4. After Pavlo is dressed after his suicide attempt, what does Ardell say that everyone is going to say about Pavlo?
(a) That he is brave.
(b) That people will laugh at Pavlo forever.
(c) That Pavlo will never be forgotten.
(d) That Pavlo looks great.

5. After Pavlo is finally redressed, what does Ardell comment upon as the trainees leave the barrack?
(a) What Pavlo's mother would say.
(b) How good Pavlo looks.
(c) How ridiculous the situation is.
(d) How stupid Pavlo is.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the furnace room, what does Kress say to Parker about Pavlo?

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

3. What is the name of the man whose wallet Pavlo was accused of stealing?

4. What does Pavlo say he did when he read the letter?

5. What do the trainees accuse Pavlo of when he arrives in the barracks ,

Short Essay Questions

1. Choose and explore one character trait of Pavlo that is revealed in the beginning of this play.

2. How does the playwright use both the inconsistent plot-line and paradoxical aspects of Pavlo's character traits to create an introduction that makes the audience want to watch more?

3. How is it ironic that Pavlo has joined the army in order to find his true, personal identity?

4. How does the action unfolding in Act 2, Part 4 blur the line between delusion and reality in Pavlo's mind?

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

6. What key moments in Act 1, Part 4 drive the momentum and energy of the plot forward, and what feeling does that have the potential to create in the audience?

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

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

9. In the final section, Act 2, Part 5, in what ways does the playwright employ an anti-war message?

10. Explore the reasons why Pavlo might be desperate for a new identity.

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