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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 are the soldiers in the barracks gambling with?

2. What does Pavlo do when Tower tells him not to ask questions like his first?

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

4. What happens to Pavlo in Act 1, Part 4 after Pavlo first enters the barracks?

5. What does Pavlo shout out at the end of Act 1, Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Pavlo believes that good soldiers are never helpless in any situation. How does this belief play out and dramatize itself in his experience with the Corporal and following scenes?

2. In what ways can Pavlo be considered a classic "tragic figure" by the time the audience reaches Act 2, Part 4? Relate him to other well-known tragic figures in literature.

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

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

5. What is Pavlo's attitude despite the terribleness of the situations consistently surrounding him in Act 2, Part 3?

6. In this scene, Pavlo seems unable to do anything for himself and is guided by the other characters' help to get dressed and go through the motions of what he is "supposed" to do. What similarities can be found between this external dressing of Pavlo and running thematic points throughout the play in general?

7. Consider the graphic scenes presented in this part, and think about the word "mutilation." Employ this word to describe the deeper meanings of what is happening in these scenes. How are things, people, and ideas mutilated throughout this scene?

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

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

10. Theorize about the significance of the story Pavlo relates of the girl who seemed like a "robot."

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Act 2, Part 3, Pavlo is again confronted with a vivid reminder of how destructive war is. The juxtaposition here, between his enthusiasm for killing and the violence he encounters, in terms of what happens to Parham and what happens to him dramatizes even more vividly the discrepancy between what he wants to see and the reality in front of him. In what ways does Pavlo deal with this discrepancy? Would you say it is healthy? Why or why not? Support your thoughts with examples.

Essay Topic 2

As soon understood by the audience, scenes take place in different time frames, places, and even on different planes of existence; such as Pavlo being alive or Pavlo being dead. How is this narrative structure key to appreciating the play's style? Consider the phrase "the whole is more than the sum of its parts," and sum up your findings about the style of this play using this phrase to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

As the collage takes shape, we see how Pavlo joined the army in order to define himself, and we see how Pavlo ends, with a defined identity as a dead soldier. Using the platform of Rabe's anti-war sentiments that run throughout this play, explore how Rabe's choice to expose Pavlo's death so early on in the play creates an even more powerful statement against the fortunes of war.

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