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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 does Ardell first ask Pavlo?

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

3. What age does Pavlo remember being while holding the grenade?

4. How in the barracks during the conversation about Pavlo joining infantry did Pavlo claim his mother would react?

5. What is happening in the barracks when Ardell first appears to find Pavlo near death?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

5. Explore the reasons why Pavlo might be desperate for a new identity.

6. 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?

7. What is Pavlo's attitude despite the terribleness of the situations consistently surrounding him in Act 2, Part 3?

8. Pavlo believes that good soldiers are never helpless in any situation. How does this belief play out and dramatize itself in his experience with the Corporal and following scenes?

9. Theorize as to Parham's purpose in the play besides being another wounded soldier/dead body for Pavlo to save in Act 2, Part 3.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

As soon understood by the audience, scenes take place in different time frames, places, and even on different planes of existence; such as Pavlo being alive or Pavlo being dead. How is this narrative structure key to appreciating the play's style? Consider the phrase "the whole is more than the sum of its parts," and sum up your findings about the style of this play using this phrase to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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