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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 does Pavlo yell at to get off his bed?

2. What does Pavlo tell Pierce his name really is?

3. What was Pavlo's reason to Pierce for telling stories in the furnace room?

4. When Pavlo asks how the man in the Corporal's story "knew," what was the Corporal's answer?

5. What does Pierce urge Pavlo to do in response to the people tormenting him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can an implication of mixing Christ with war be understood, considering Brisbey's reference of Christ being "nailed?"

2. Explain how Tower's instructions on chest wounds can be directly related to Pavlo's emotional wounds.

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

4. How has Pavlo dealt with struggles concerning his family/social relations? Could it be surmised that the "wound" Towers is referring to may also relate to Pavlo's wounds of the ill-effects of poor relationships throughout his life? How?

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

6. Using the fragmentary nature of the plot line thus far as a platform, describe the impression it has on the way by which the audience will begin to learn about the main character.

7. Theorize about what Yen might represent to Pavlo beyond the opportunity for sex.

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

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

10. In the final section, Act 2, Part 5, in what ways does the playwright employ an anti-war message?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the line between delusion and reality in Pavlo's mind becomes increasingly blurred as the action of Act 2, Part 4 unfolds and what implications this has for the audience's possible hopes for Pavlo's survival or at the very least the hope for an acceptable demise. Cite at least 4 examples of moments where Pavlo reacts in accordance to delusion rather than in accordance with reality-based logic.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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