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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 do the poems Graves leaves with Rivers talk about?

2. About what do Sassoon and Dr. Rivers talk that is sad?

3. Who does Prior meet at a pub?

4. Where does Burns go?

5. How is Prior affecting his roommate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 6 why does Rivers see Prior after dinner and what does Prior tell him what is Rivers' response?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sassoon, the protagonist was a British soldier in the First World War.

1. Research and write an expository essay about how the First World War begins and ends.

2. Research and write an expository essay about the causes of the tremendous numbers of deaths in the First World War.

3. Compare/Contrast the issues in the First World War compared with the issues in the Second World War.

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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