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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. When Pierce and Pavlo are speaking in the furnace room, what does Ardell do to Pavlo as the other trainees are in formation?
2. What is Pavlo's punishment for supposedly masturbating instead of practicing drill?
3. What does Pavlo remind Tower of when told he had to follow through on his punishment?
4. Who addresses the trainees when called to formation in Act 1, Part 2?
5. Who is the first person to enter the barracks that is not a trainee in Act 1, Part 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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."
2. How is Brisbey's talk on the depth of the ocean a metaphorical slight towards Pavlo?
3. How can an implication of mixing Christ with war be understood, considering Brisbey's reference of Christ being "nailed?"
4. Theorize on the effect that the two stabbings have on Pavlo in Act 2, Part 3.
5. 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?
6. Explain how Tower's instructions on chest wounds can be directly related to Pavlo's emotional wounds.
7. In what ways do the scenes where Pavlo displays helplessness give insight into the reasons for Pavlo's drive to become a better or "good" soldier?
8. 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.
9. 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?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Pavlo's wish to become "bone" is repeated twice in this short play. Theorize on the metaphorical implications of these two moments, comparing the similarities and differences between them and finally giving explanation as to the importance of these two situations occurring for Pavlo's character.
Essay Topic 2
We see how both aspects to Pavlo's character, his innocence and his fear of helplessness, lead him to a re-definition of identity. Explain this is a thematically relevant aspect to his story using examples from the play.
Essay Topic 3
How, between Act 2, Part 3, and Part 4 is Pavlo seen to be clearly embracing his newfound identity as "a perfect soldier" with all the energy, passion, and commitment he can muster? Give at least five examples of this attitude bordering on complete delusion and hypothesize about Pavlo's fate should he continue with this attitude towards what he is being faced with daily.
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