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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. Where does Burns sit naked?

2. What does Sassoon notice about the taxi driver?

3. What does Dr. Rivers believe should be used as a last resort?

4. What does Rivers tell Bryce about Sassoon?

5. How does Prior appear at the opening of Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rivers return to Craiglockhart? What has Sassoon finished before he goes before the board? For what is Sassoon preparing?

2. Why is Rivers given three weeks leave by Dr. Bryce?

3. What type of treatment for Callan did Rivers observe and how well did the treatment work?

4. How does Sarah feel about Prior when he has not seen her for a week and what does he tell her?

5. What does Sarah's mother tell her about romance?

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

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

8. What happens to Burns in Chapter 13?

9. What happened to Sassoon's Declaration and how does Sassoon feel about that and what does he and Rivers discuss in Chapter 7 besides this?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare Sassoon's feelings about war and his assertion that it is not justified in the case of the First World War, with the ideas many Vietnam draftees expressed.

2. Do you think Sassoon's reaction to war is a common reaction for soldiers? Why or why not?

3. There is an idea that rich, political persons declare war but the common, poor person fights them. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Regeneration is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in Regeneration. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of war in Regeneration. Why is Britain engaged in a war? What are some symbols of war that occur in the book? Is the war justified?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. How does the world of Sassoon's time seem to view death? Who tries to avoid killing? Who seems to kill for frivolous reasons? Who seems afraid of dying? Not afraid? Who meets death gracefully? In resignation? With joy? With fear?

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