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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. What does Pierce first drunkenly say to Pavlo?

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

4. Who brings the test results to the soldiers?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?"

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

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

4. What dramatic changes occur to Pavlo and his mentality in Act 2, Part 4?

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

6. 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?

7. Choose and explore one character trait of Pavlo that is revealed in the beginning of this play.

8. In what way does Pavlo try to become "a good soldier"? Explain what seems to get in the way of this endeavor.

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

10. What can be deduced about Ardell's attitude and actions towards Pavlo in this part?

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

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 3

In terms of Pavlo's innocence about people, again we see in this scene that his he does have compassion for his fellow soldiers. However, his methods of going about connecting with his fellow soldiers don't have anything to do with who they are. It's all about what he, Pavlo, feels and believes. His attitude is centered in the common enough desire to be liked and respected and above all seen as an individual with value. This is connected to his desire for an identity. If he's seen, for example, as someone with a colorful family or a colorful history, that defines him and gives him an identity. Explain by citing examples from the play how Pavlo's ego-centrism gets in the way of all of his goals and desires to become the man he wants to become.

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