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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 confuses Sarah Lumb?

2. Who does Dr. Rivers see after supper?

3. What is Anderson's problem?

4. Where is Prior when he first goes under hypnotism?

5. About what do Sassoon and Dr. Rivers talk that is sad?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sassoon do after his swim with Graves?

2. What does Prior do when he sneaks off the hospital grounds?

3. What is wrong with Broadbent and what does Rivers do about it?

4. What is causing Dr. Rivers pain in his head while he is sleeping?

5. What game do Sassoon and Anderson play in Chapter 8 and what does Anderson almost do to Sassoon?

6. What does Sassoon tell Dr. Rivers about his medical board and what did the board determine about Sassoon?

7. How does Prior look to Rivers in Chapter 8 and what is he doing that earns Rivers' disapproval?

8. What does Dr. Brock suggest to Rivers about Sassoon?

9. What do Sassoon and Graves talk about when they go swimming in Chapter 4 and what does Sassoon say he remembers about the subject?

10. What does Sassoon describe to Dr. Rivers about what happened when he first returned from France and what does he say about it now?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. How is the word "Regeneration" relevant to the action of the novel? What sort of emotional/psychological response does the title evoke? Why do you think Barker chose this title (if she does)? If you were perusing the library for a book to read and saw this title, would it pique your interest? Why or why not. Does it seem to be the best title for the book?

3. If you were the writer of Regeneration and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Sassoon, the protagonist was a British soldier in the First World War.

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the First World War begins and ends.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the causes of the tremendous numbers of deaths in the First World War.

3. Compare/Contrast the issues in the First World War compared with the issues in the Second World War.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Regeneration, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (Subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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