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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 does Tower conclude his weapon drill in Act 1, Part 3?

2. What is Pavlo wearing when Ardell shouts at him to get up from under the blanket?

3. What is Pavlo accused of being by the trainees?

4. What does Pavlo do after weapons drill that nobody else does?

5. What is the occupation of the main character?

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 Pavlo made to feel helpless in Part 4?

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

4. What noteworthy aspect to Pavlo is hinted at in his story about Joanna, and what does it reveal to the audience about a possibly consistent trait of his character and experience?

5. Identify two juxtaposed aspects to Pavlo's character, and explain how they affect his identity.

6. Tower mentions the North Star more than a few times throughout the play, and finally in Act 2, Part 4. Up until this point, what are the possible meanings of these references to the North Star?

7. 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?"

8. How is it ironic that Pavlo has joined the army in order to find his true, personal identity?

9. How is Pavlo egocentric, almost childish? Explore the ways in which these traits are dramatized.

10. What may be the significance or playwright's purpose for Pavlo realizing he's dead so far along into the play and after the climax?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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.

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