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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. Into what does Dr. Rivers get some insight?

2. What does Prior deny to Dr. Rivers?

3. How is Prior affecting his roommate?

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

5. What happens to Burns at the mess hall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does is Prior able to do at the beginning of Chapter 6 and what does he ask Rivers to do?

3. Who is Anderson and why is he at the hospital?

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

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

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

7. What does Prior describe to Rivers in Chapter 8?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

War is one of the most common occurrences in the history of humankind. Discuss one of the following:

1. Analyze how Sassoon feels about WWI. Are his feelings typical of others in the book? Are his beliefs about the war justifiable? Explain with examples.

2. Does your belief about WWI change as you read this book? What about your beliefs about war in general? Explain with examples from the text and your own experience.

3. Many resources throughout the ages have been used in the pursuit of war-related activities. Does the war in this book justify the loss of life and resources? Why or why not? Does any war justify the same?

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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