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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 delusional?

2. What does Sassoon think about on the train?

3. What does Campbell think about Sassoon?

4. Why does Prior apologize to Rivers?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Prior describe to Rivers in Chapter 8?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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