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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 the occupation of the main character?
2. Where do the Corporal and Pavlo meet for the first time?
3. According to the Corporal, what were the two Vietnamese in his story wearing, although asking for help?
4. What does the Corporal say it is easy to do in Vietnam?
5. What does Ardell instruct Pavlo on in the event of a gas attack?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is the incident of Pavlo taking the aspirin and not waking up during the other trainees' games symbolic? How is this foreshadowing?
2. How is Brisbey's talk on the depth of the ocean a metaphorical slight towards Pavlo?
3. How does Pavlo's egocentrism and immaturity play a part in misleading him from the identity he so strongly desires?
4. 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.
5. .What do you think is the most important aspect/theme to know about Pavlo's motivation to have joined the army, and how is this shown throughout this section?
6. 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?
7. 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.
8. How are the opening scenes of this play different than others? Plot-wise, hypothesize over the purpose of this style of opening.
9. After some prompting from Ardell in the final Act, Pavlo shouts repeatedly that it's all shit. His shouts eventually become a scream of rage and frustration. What can we say Ardell represents throughout this play for Pavlo, as well as for the audience?
10. In what way does Pavlo try to become "a good soldier"? Explain what seems to get in the way of this endeavor.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rabe's anti-war message comes through loud and clear in several ways in the final scenes of the play. Find at least 5 moments during which Rabe sends his message and explain how each moment is employed to be clear and strong. Conclude by explaining what you believe might be the play's thematic warning about war in general and what it ultimately offers to humanity.
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
As new characters are introduced, we begin to realize that many of their names may not have been arbitrarily assigned. That is to say that their names have metaphorical meaning in relation to the plot and setting itself. Write an essay exploring the possible meanings behind 3 or more characters' names in the play and how those names fit the characters' words and/or actions. Conclude by crediting these metaphors to a deeper understanding of Rabe's intention in naming these characters.
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