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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. Who is Dr. Rivers interviewing at the opening to Chapter 4?

2. Who does Dr. Rivers see after supper?

3. Why does Graves miss the train?

4. What does Burns see where he is?

5. What does Broadbent believe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Wilfred Owen and how does he feel about Sassoon?

2. What does Sassoon notice in the taxi and why does he touch his chest?

3. What happens to Burns in Chapter 2 and what is Rivers' response?

4. What does Rivers think about Anderson's vision of Rivers in one of Anderson's dreams?

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

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

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

8. What does the writer say in the letter and what consequences has he suffered as the result of the letter?

9. Who is suppose to go on the train with Sassoon and why doesn't he?

10. In Chapter 4 what does Burns do when he leaves the hospital for part of a day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Regeneration is set in an actual historical war.

1. Do you think Regeneration qualifies as an historical fiction or political protest? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era (early 1900s) is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Regeneration help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Regeneration? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Regeneration to discuss and compare Sassoon's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

After fighting in the war and winning a number of medals for valor, Sassoon has decided the war is pointless and the soldiers have no understanding of why they are fighting. He has decided to quit fighting.

1. Do you believe a government should be able to force a person to fight in a war? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. If a person volunteers for the military and then decides he/she does not want to be in the military do you think they should be able to quit just like any other job? Why or why not?

3. Do you think all citizens of a country should have to serve a mandatory two years in the military between the ages of 18 and 21? Explain in depth, your position. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

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