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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 was Anderson's former occupation?

2. Who was worried about Burns while he was gone?

3. Where do Sassoon and Graves go for some recreation?

4. Where does Burns go?

5. Where is Prior when he first goes under hypnotism?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What game do Sassoon and Anderson play in Chapter 8 and what does Anderson almost do to Sassoon?

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

7. Who is suppose to go on the train with Sassoon and why doesn't he?

8. What happens to Burns in Chapter 2 and what is Rivers' response?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

After fighting in the war and winning a number of medals for valor, Sassoon has decided the war is pointless and the soldiers have no understanding of why they are fighting. He has decided to quit fighting.

1. Do you believe a government should be able to force a person to fight in a war? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. If a person volunteers for the military and then decides he/she does not want to be in the military do you think they should be able to quit just like any other job? Why or why not?

3. Do you think all citizens of a country should have to serve a mandatory two years in the military between the ages of 18 and 21? Explain in depth, your position. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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