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

2. What does Ardell say to Pavlo in regards to the person Pavlo sees in the mirror?

3. What is Pavlo's response to Ardell's comment about a radiation attack?

4. What does Pavlo do when he sees Pierce coming after being beaten up by the other trainees?

5. What does Pierce first drunkenly say to Pavlo?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Identify and explore, using examples, a key component to Pavlo's character in this act.

3. Compare and explain the relationship of Pavlo's enthusiasm for killing and what happens to Parham in Act 2, Part 4.

4. Consider the graphic scenes presented in this part, and think about the word "mutilation." Employ this word to describe the deeper meanings of what is happening in these scenes. How are things, people, and ideas mutilated throughout this scene?

5. 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.

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

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

8. How are the opening scenes of this play different than others? Plot-wise, hypothesize over the purpose of this style of opening.

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

10. What key moments in Act 1, Part 4 drive the momentum and energy of the plot forward, and what feeling does that have the potential to create in the audience?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Pavlo seems to have had dysfunctional relationships with all of his family members and quite possibly his ex-girfriend with whom his mother at one point interfered, as Pavlo referred to in Act 1, Part 3. Using each family member as a starting point for each paragraph, make a hypothesis about how each of these relationships with his family members has affected his personal outlook, thus leading him to join the army for a better life.

Essay Topic 2

Brisbey's passing reference to Christ, who is never mentioned by name, but whose identity and sacrifice are evoked by Brisbey's reference to God being "nailed" is the possibility that the idea of sacrifice arising from this reference can be applied to Pavlo's situation. Pavlo's situation can be seen as the sacrifice of individual identity in the name of a larger "God-given" purpose. How else might Brisbey's use of the word "nailed" be a possible implication by Rabe that the good man always gets the bad end of things? Would you say that this could be a foreshadowing device about the fate of our protagonist? Why or why not? Support your argument with examples from the text.

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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