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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 in the barracks during the conversation about Pavlo joining infantry did Pavlo claim his mother would react?

2. Who does Pierce say he is worried about while he is drunk talking with Pavlo?

3. What does Ardell do while helping Pavlo get dressed after his suicide attempt?

4. What does Ardell remind Pavlo of in the event of a radiation attack?

5. How does Tower conclude his weapon drill in Act 1, Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the action unfolding in Act 2, Part 4 blur the line between delusion and reality in Pavlo's mind?

2. 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?

3. What noteworthy aspect to Pavlo is hinted at in his story about Joanna, and what does it reveal to the audience about a possibly consistent trait of his character and experience?

4. In this brief section of Act 2, Part 3, how is Pavlo again confronted with a vivid reminder of the destruction involved in war?

5. 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?

6. Why is Pavlo's unnecessary killing of the elderly Vietnamese man included in Act 2, Part 4? Extrapolate the significance of including this moment in this scene.

7. Compare and explain the relationship of Pavlo's enthusiasm for killing and what happens to Parham in Act 2, Part 4.

8. 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?"

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

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

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

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

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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