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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 strikes Rivers as odd about Sassoon?

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

3. How long is Prior confined to the hospital?

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

5. What is missing from Sassoon's uniform?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Prior at the beginning of Chapter 7 and what does Prior have to say about it?

3. Who is reading a letter at the beginning of Chapter 1 and what is it titled?

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

5. How does Rivers try to convince Sassoon to return to the war?

6. What happens in Chapter 3 when Graves arrives at the hospital?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Regeneration is the first book in a trilogy involving Sassoon, Rivers and others. Discuss the following.

1. What are two advantages of writing several novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are two disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Do you prefer to read a stand-alone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a stand-alone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that most likely Barker wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Barker's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 3

1. What is courage? It is defined in the dictionary as: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. How is courage demonstrated? Given what you have seen of Sassoon, why would one call him courageous? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Discuss two situations, one during a situation like Sassoon is involved in Regeneration, and one during an ordinary event, in which a great deal of courage would be needed to endure the situations.

3. Discuss the two sides to the following: Courage can be learned. One is either born with courage or not.

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