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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 reason for practicing weapons drill does Pavlo give to Towers when asked?

2. Who does Pavlo says writes to him concerning Joanna?

3. As Hinkle goes out of the barracks, what does Kress ask him to do?

4. Who breaks up the fight between Kress and Pavlo after the test?

5. What does Pavlo say is the reason behind lying to his mother about what time his train was leaving?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the final scene, how does Wall live up to the metaphorical meaning of his name?

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

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

4. .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?

5. This is a play that bases its dramatizations of the main character's life by employing a "collage effect," scenes seemingly unrelated and presented in a somewhat random fashion but creating an artistic overall understanding of the plot. Explain how the scenes of this act add different perspectives to Pavlo's "collage effect."

6. In what ways do the scenes where Pavlo displays helplessness give insight into the reasons for Pavlo's drive to become a better or "good" soldier?

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

8. How are the depths of Pavlo's innocence defined in this scene?

9. What might "Jody" in the final military song of Act 2, Part 5 represent or metaphorically speak to?

10. How is Brisbey's talk on the depth of the ocean a metaphorical slight towards Pavlo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How, between Act 2, Part 3, and Part 4 is Pavlo seen to be clearly embracing his newfound identity as "a perfect soldier" with all the energy, passion, and commitment he can muster? Give at least five examples of this attitude bordering on complete delusion and hypothesize about Pavlo's fate should he continue with this attitude towards what he is being faced with daily.

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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