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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 Head to to Rivers in Dr. Rivers' dream?

2. What can Prior not do?

3. Who comes to visit at the hospital?

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

5. Who is Dr. Rivers interviewing at the opening to Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who is Wilfred Owen and how does he feel about Sassoon?

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

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

9. What does Prior continue to ask Rivers for and what does he show Rivers? What is Rivers' response?

10. What does the writer say in the letter and what consequences has he suffered as the result of the letter?

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

In Regeneration, it is hard to know who is the "good" guy versus the "bad" guy. Discuss one of the following:

1. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are untrustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout Regeneration. How far into the book does it take to separate the untrustworthy from those who can be trusted?

2. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are trustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout Regeneration.

3. Are there some characters who can be trustworthy at times and not trustworthy at other times? Who? Why do they vacillate?

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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