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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 game does Hendrix challenge Pavlo to when they first meet?

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

3. What is the general response of the trainees to Hinkle's discovery about Pavlo's being in bed for too long?

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

5. What does Pavlo do when Tower tells him not to ask questions like his first?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

8. What could be surmised about Pavlo's thoughts from his comments to Miller about wanting to be on the front lines in Act 3, Part 2?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As we get to know Pavlo's character more intimately it is understood that Pavlo becomes more and more fixated on becoming a good soldier. He eventually defines this as not only a good killer but the right kind of killer and one who becomes both experienced and joyful about it.

What is the irony of Pavlo's understanding of how to go about reconciling and rectifying his fixation with his reality? Give at least four examples along with explanations of how this irony could create a dark fate for our protagonist.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain how the line between delusion and reality in Pavlo's mind becomes increasingly blurred as the action of Act 2, Part 4 unfolds and what implications this has for the audience's possible hopes for Pavlo's survival or at the very least the hope for an acceptable demise. Cite at least 4 examples of moments where Pavlo reacts in accordance to delusion rather than in accordance with reality-based logic.

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