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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 does Rivers think about as he prepares to sleep the night of Prior's hypnotism?

2. Why did Sassoon want a court-martial?

3. Why does Rivers reassign Broadbent?

4. What does the boy a couple beds away from Sassoon have in a previous hospitalization experience?

5. What does Rivers tell Bryce about Sassoon?

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. What happens to Burns in Chapter 13?

3. What is Anderson' s ultimate fate?

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

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

6. What are Sassoon and Owen working on together and what are Owen's plans for his future?

7. What happens with Prior and Lumb when they see each other again after a week of not seeing each other?

8. What does the board decide to do about Prior in Chapter 18?

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

10. What do Prior and Sarah do at the beginning of Chapter 19?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Regeneration based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that Regeneration falls within the genre of historical fiction and/or political protest changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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