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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 does Pavlo do after weapons drill that nobody else does?
(a) Push-ups.
(b) Sit-ups.
(c) Jumping jacks.
(d) Pull-ups.

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

3. What does Ardell tell Pavlo to do after being found close to death?
(a) Drink some water.
(b) To put on his dress uniform.
(c) Get some rest.
(d) Take off his jacket.

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

5. What is the name of the man whose wallet Pavlo was accused of stealing?
(a) Barns.
(b) Sammy.
(c) Hinkle.
(d) Johnny.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Ardell suggests that being dead makes Pavlo furious, how does Pavlo respond?

2. What did Pavlo have thrown over him when he once entered the barracks?

3. What happens to Pavlo in Act 1, Part 4 after Pavlo first enters the barracks?

4. What does Pavlo remind Tower of when told he had to follow through on his punishment?

5. Who are the two characters in the furnace room when Pavlo first enters?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?"

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

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

4. .What do you think is the most important aspect/theme to know about Pavlo's motivation to have joined the army, and how is this shown throughout this section?

5. 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?

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

7. Compare and explain the relationship of Pavlo's enthusiasm for killing and what happens to Parham in Act 2, Part 4.

8. Identify two juxtaposed aspects to Pavlo's character, and explain how they affect his identity.

9. 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.

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

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