Short Essay Answer Key
1. Who is reading a letter at the beginning of Chapter 1 and what is it titled?
Chapter 1 opens with Dr. Rivers, who is a psychiatrist at Craighlockhart, reading a letter by S. Sassoon. The letter is titled "Finished with the War A Soldier's Declaration."
2. What does the writer say in the letter and what consequences has he suffered as the result of the letter?
In this letter, Sassoon clearly states he will no longer fight in the war and explains why. Because of this letter, Sassoon has been diagnosed with neurasthenia, or shell-shock, by a medical board and is being sent to Rivers for treatment.
3. Who is suppose to go on the train with Sassoon and why doesn't he?
His friend, Robert Graves, is supposed to ride out to Craiglockhart with him, but Graves is late and misses the train.
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