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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. How does Prior wake up most of the people in the hospital?

2. What is Anderson's problem?

3. Who is Henry Head?

4. Who is having an asthma attack?

5. What does Sassoon do occasionally when answering Rivers' questions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rivers try to convince Sassoon to return to the war?

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

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

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

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

7. In Chapter 4 what does Burns do when he leaves the hospital for part of a day?

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

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

10. What happened to Sassoon's Declaration and how does Sassoon feel about that and what does he and Rivers discuss in Chapter 7 besides this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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