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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 happens to Sassoon instead of a court-martial?

2. Who does Dr. Rivers see after supper?

3. How does Sassoon feel towards civilians?

4. Why doesn't Dr. Rivers think Prior should smoke?

5. What do the poems Graves leaves with Rivers talk about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Rivers see when Prior's parents visit?

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

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

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

8. What happened to Prior that sent him to the hospital?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. How is the word "Regeneration" relevant to the action of the novel? What sort of emotional/psychological response does the title evoke? Why do you think Barker chose this title (if she does)? If you were perusing the library for a book to read and saw this title, would it pique your interest? Why or why not. Does it seem to be the best title for the book?

3. If you were the writer of Regeneration and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

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

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.

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