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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. How does Pavlo first respond to the army recruits?

2. When Pierce and Pavlo are speaking in the furnace room, what does Ardell do to Pavlo as the other trainees are in formation?

3. What does Pierce first drunkenly say to Pavlo?

4. What game does Hendrix challenge Pavlo to when they first meet?

5. What was the answer to Pavlo's question to Ardell?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Pavlo's understanding of acceptable social engagement impaired? Back up your answer with examples.

3. The image of the closed coffin is the final component of the play's collage, the last piece of the puzzle that once was Pavlo's life. Describe it's effects, and comment on the general purpose of the play overall.

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

5. Explain how Tower's instructions on chest wounds can be directly related to Pavlo's emotional wounds.

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

7. After some prompting from Ardell in the final Act, Pavlo shouts repeatedly that it's all shit. His shouts eventually become a scream of rage and frustration. What can we say Ardell represents throughout this play for Pavlo, as well as for the audience?

8. How is Brisbey's talk on the depth of the ocean a metaphorical slight towards Pavlo?

9. Theorize about what Yen might represent to Pavlo beyond the opportunity for sex.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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