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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. Who is Second-lieutenant Prior?

2. Why does Prior apologize to Rivers?

3. With what is the letter writer diagnosed?

4. How does Sassoon feel towards civilians?

5. What is Dr. Rivers' response to Prior's request?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the nightmare Rivers had in Chapter 22 and Rivers' interpretation of the nightmare.

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Sassoon meet Graves in Chapter 17 and what does he tell Graves?

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

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

War is one of the most common occurrences in the history of humankind. Discuss one of the following:

1. Analyze how Sassoon feels about WWI. Are his feelings typical of others in the book? Are his beliefs about the war justifiable? Explain with examples.

2. Does your belief about WWI change as you read this book? What about your beliefs about war in general? Explain with examples from the text and your own experience.

3. Many resources throughout the ages have been used in the pursuit of war-related activities. Does the war in this book justify the loss of life and resources? Why or why not? Does any war justify the same?

Essay Topic 3

Sassoon has decided not to fight in the war any longer. Some would see this as a rejection of his country's needs. Discuss on of the following:

Discuss one of the following:

1. What does patriotism mean to me? Use examples from Regeneration to support your answer.

2. Class discussion. What is patriotism? What are the advantages of a country whose citizens feel highly patriotic? What are the disadvantages? What happens when patriots become zealots? Should patriotism be expected of its citizens by any country? Why or why not?

3. How do the characters in Regeneration demonstrate their patriotism? Use examples from Regeneration to support your answer.

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