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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. Who brings the test results to the soldiers?

2. What does Pavlo do when he sees Pierce coming after being beaten up by the other trainees?

3. What relative(s) does Pavlo say he has?

4. What is jokingly mentioned at the fact that Pavlo is still in bed while the soldiers are playing a game?

5. What is the second question to Pavlo from Ardell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Pavlo egocentric, almost childish? Explore the ways in which these traits are dramatized.

5. Theorize on the effect that the two stabbings have on Pavlo in Act 2, Part 3.

6. Pavlo seems to respond to events in many different ways. Explain how his response to Pierce, when Pierce urges him to fight back, can be viewed as a highly perceptive and telling one for the audience about Pavlo's life views.

7. Although Kress seems to be convinced that Pavlo is stupid, is this an accurate assumption? Why or why not?

8. How is it ironic that Pavlo has joined the army in order to find his true, personal identity?

9. Identify two juxtaposed aspects to Pavlo's character, and explain how they affect his identity.

10. How is Pavlo made to feel helpless in Part 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 are the play's three central elements - style, character, and theme - introduced vividly and succinctly in the opening scenes of this play? Conversely, what form of plot has Rabe employed, and what effect does it have on the audience? Use examples from the book to explain your thoughts, giving a clear outline of the chosen style of plot line.

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