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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 is Ardell's reason for not believing what he's seeing in Pavlo's mind?
2. What does Ardell say to Pavlo in regards to the person Pavlo sees in the mirror?
3. Upon finding Pavlo in the state he is in, what does Hinkle do upon returning to the game?
4. What does Ardell do while helping Pavlo get dressed after his suicide attempt?
5. What age does Pavlo remember being while holding the grenade?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what way does Pavlo try to become "a good soldier"? Explain what seems to get in the way of this endeavor.
2. Theorize about the significance of the story Pavlo relates of the girl who seemed like a "robot."
3. How is the incident of Pavlo taking the aspirin and not waking up during the other trainees' games symbolic? How is this foreshadowing?
4. In what ways are the playwright's use of the "collage effect" of creation especially poignant in this act?
5. 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.
6. 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?
7. How is this scene, as well as Ardell's character, a seminaly metaphoric catalyst, displaying Pavlo's transformations and inner desires?
8. 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?
9. Although Kress seems to be convinced that Pavlo is stupid, is this an accurate assumption? Why or why not?
10. How does the action unfolding in Act 2, Part 4 blur the line between delusion and reality in Pavlo's mind?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
As new characters are introduced, we begin to realize that many of their names may not have been arbitrarily assigned. That is to say that their names have metaphorical meaning in relation to the plot and setting itself. Write an essay exploring the possible meanings behind 3 or more characters' names in the play and how those names fit the characters' words and/or actions. Conclude by crediting these metaphors to a deeper understanding of Rabe's intention in naming these characters.
Essay Topic 2
Pavlo seems to have had dysfunctional relationships with all of his family members and quite possibly his ex-girfriend with whom his mother at one point interfered, as Pavlo referred to in Act 1, Part 3. Using each family member as a starting point for each paragraph, make a hypothesis about how each of these relationships with his family members has affected his personal outlook, thus leading him to join the army for a better life.
Essay Topic 3
How does the non-existence of the "wounded twice rule" function as a metaphor for the nature of Pavlo's delusional belief system? Use examples to support your answer, specifically to back up the nature of Pavlo's delusional belief system.
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