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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 did the man in the Corporal's story do to the two Vietnamese people?

2. What does Pavlo also explain thinking about while holding the grenade?

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

4. What does Ardell do while helping Pavlo get dressed after his suicide attempt?

5. In the furnace room, what does Kress say to Parker about Pavlo?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?"

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. How does the playwright use both the inconsistent plot-line and paradoxical aspects of Pavlo's character traits to create an introduction that makes the audience want to watch more?

6. What character traits can be seen from Pavlo as he struggles throughout this play thus far, in his attempt to become a good soldier. Provide evidence/examples.

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

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

9. What dramatic changes occur to Pavlo and his mentality in Act 2, Part 4?

10. How is the incident of Pavlo taking the aspirin and not waking up during the other trainees' games symbolic? How is this foreshadowing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify, connect, and examine all elements of foreshadowing you can find in this play, not excluding these subjects: A) Pavlo's death (2x's) B) Pavlo's failure with women C) Pavlo's helplessness. Combine all moments of foreshadowing and use them to make your own opinions about Rabe's style and use of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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