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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ardell instruct Pavlo on in the event of a gas attack?

2. Who does Pavlo says writes to him concerning Joanna?

3. What is Ardell's first comment when he enters the barracks, in Act 1, Part 4?

4. What does Ardell say to Pavlo in regards to the person Pavlo sees in the mirror?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. .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?

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

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

4. What might "Jody" in the final military song of Act 2, Part 5 represent or metaphorically speak to?

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

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

7. This is a play that bases its dramatizations of the main character's life by employing a "collage effect," scenes seemingly unrelated and presented in a somewhat random fashion but creating an artistic overall understanding of the plot. Explain how the scenes of this act add different perspectives to Pavlo's "collage effect."

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

9. Using the fragmentary nature of the plot line thus far as a platform, describe the impression it has on the way by which the audience will begin to learn about the main character.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Plenty of sides to Pavlo are revealed as the play progresses, but the first to note at this early stage is Pavlo's innocence. Describe how Rabe illustrates Pavlo's innocence with examples to back up your response. How does the fact that Pavlo's innocence seems to remain unaffected by increasingly disturbing situations have the propensity to evoke concern from the audience for Pavlo's welfare as time goes on? Back up your reasoning through citation of examples.

Essay Topic 2

In the early scenes Ardell is seen to be something of a guide, showing Pavlo both the way into death and the way into himself, but in one scene he becomes a manifestation or externalization of Pavlo's inner drive to be a good soldier. This is illustrated by the way he drills Pavlo on the use of his weapon, and in later scenes, he performs similar instructional functions in similar circumstances. Identify and explain other moments during which Ardell becomes an externalization of Pavlo's inner life.

Essay Topic 3

Pavlo's experience with Brisbey is the first of several confrontations Pavlo has with the harsh realities of war and army life. Our journey as audience members is the same as his. We are confronted with graphically portrayed images of the bodies and perspectives of soldiers and civilians alike are mutilated beyond repair, even destroyed, by the way militaristic attitudes teach those willing to believe that violence is not a means to an end, but an end unto itself.

Expand upon the other ways by which Rabe devises his anti-war message to the audience, using examples to back up your thoughts.

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