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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Regeneration is set in an actual historical war.

1. Do you think Regeneration qualifies as an historical fiction or political protest? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era (early 1900s) is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Regeneration.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Regeneration. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Regeneration. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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