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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 addresses the trainees when called to formation in Act 1, Part 2?
(a) Captain A.
(b) Towers.
(c) A stand-in messenger for the Sergeant.
(d) Ardell.

2. What does Ardell say to Pavlo in regards to the person Pavlo sees in the mirror?
(a) That it isn't Pavlo Hummel anymore.
(b) That the person is his mother.
(c) That Pavlo can't see beyond himself.
(d) That he is only seeing his face and not his heart.

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

4. Upon finding Pavlo in the state he is in, what does Hinkle do upon returning to the game?
(a) He makes jokes about how dumb Pavlo is.
(b) He tries to get Pierce to do something,
(c) He wins the game and asks Pavlo to join.
(d) He asks everyone to help.

5. What is the general response of the trainees to Hinkle's discovery about Pavlo's being in bed for too long?
(a) The game continues and jokes are made about Pavlo.
(b) The trainees fight about what to do.
(c) The game abruptly ends.
(d) The trainees become confused.

Short Answer Questions

1. What relative(s) does Pavlo say he has?

2. When the trainees are called to formation by the second whistle blow of the play , what does Pavlo do while Pierce prepares to go?

3. What does Pavlo do when Tower tells him not to ask questions like his first?

4. What kind of a game do Pierce, Hinkle, and Kress set up?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways are the playwright's use of the "collage effect" of creation especially poignant in this act?

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. In the final scene, how does Wall live up to the metaphorical meaning of his name?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. How does Pavlo's answer Kress regarding stealing and how does this provide an insight into Pavlo's egocentric nature?

7. 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?"

8. How is this scene, as well as Ardell's character, a seminaly metaphoric catalyst, displaying Pavlo's transformations and inner desires?

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. 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?

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