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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Towers say a soldier did once after getting his rifle shot out of his hands?
2. How is Pavlo brought into the bar for the final time?
3. What is Parham wearing when he first enters in Act 2, Part 3?
4. Pavlo says that carrying Parham's body isn't that bad, stating that . . .
5. What does Pavlo say while he is dying?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
In terms of Pavlo's innocence about people, again we see in this scene that his he does have compassion for his fellow soldiers. However, his methods of going about connecting with his fellow soldiers don't have anything to do with who they are. It's all about what he, Pavlo, feels and believes. His attitude is centered in the common enough desire to be liked and respected and above all seen as an individual with value. This is connected to his desire for an identity. If he's seen, for example, as someone with a colorful family or a colorful history, that defines him and gives him an identity. Explain by citing examples from the play how Pavlo's ego-centrism gets in the way of all of his goals and desires to become the man he wants to become.
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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