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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. What is jokingly mentioned at the fact that Pavlo is still in bed while the soldiers are playing a game?
2. What was Pavlo's reason to Pierce for telling stories in the furnace room?
3. Where do the Corporal and Pavlo meet for the first time?
4. What kind of test are the trainees waiting to hear the results of?
5. What does Pavlo say is the reason behind lying to his mother about what time his train was leaving?
Short Essay Questions
1. Although Kress seems to be convinced that Pavlo is stupid, is this an accurate assumption? Why or why not?
2. 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?"
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. Explore the ways in which Pavlo is made to feel helpless in this act. Theorize on the writer's purpose for creating these moments.
6. Theorize about what Yen might represent to Pavlo beyond the opportunity for sex.
7. Theorize on the effect that the two stabbings have on Pavlo in Act 2, Part 3.
8. Choose and explore one character trait of Pavlo that is revealed in the beginning of this play.
9. How is the incident of Pavlo taking the aspirin and not waking up during the other trainees' games symbolic? How is this foreshadowing?
10. 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.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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.
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