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

2. What relative(s) does Pavlo say he has?
(a) A father and step-mother.
(b) A sister and half-brother.
(c) A half-sister and twin brother.
(d) A mother and half-brother.

3. What is Pavlo's first question to Tower?
(a) How many push-ups he can do.
(b) Where he's from.
(c) Why did he join the army.
(d) How old is he.

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

5. What is Pavlo wearing when Ardell shouts at him to get up from under the blanket?
(a) Nothing.
(b) His fatigues.
(c) His underclothes.
(d) His boots.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the first person to enter the barracks that is not a trainee in Act 1, Part 4?

2. Where and when does this story take place?

3. What does Ardell tell Pavlo to do after being found close to death?

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

5. Who does Pierce say he is worried about while he is drunk talking with Pavlo?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Explore the ways in which Pavlo is made to feel helpless in this act. Theorize on the writer's purpose for creating these moments.

3. What can be deduced about Ardell's attitude and actions towards Pavlo in this part?

4. Pavlo seems to respond to events in many different ways. Explain how his response to Pierce, when Pierce urges him to fight back, can be viewed as a highly perceptive and telling one for the audience about Pavlo's life views.

5. Theorize about the significance of the story Pavlo relates of the girl who seemed like a "robot."

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

7. Identify and explore, using examples, a key component to Pavlo's character in this act.

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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