Regeneration Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where were the "fathers" in the dedication?

2. What upsets Prior in Chapter 18?

3. Why is Prior embarrassed?

4. Why does Prior want to return to the war?

5. What does Prior think about Sarah?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and both Sassoon and Rivers are no exceptions.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sassoon and Rivers each demonstrates his admirable traits. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze both Sassoon and Rivers' character flaws, and explain how the flaws create more complex and believable characters. How do you think either man's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing each man's strengths and weaknesses, decide if each man is an appropriate "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be a more admirable "hero"?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast Sassoon to Rivers. How are they alike? How are they different? Do you think their differences are mainly due to their different positions? Why or why not?

2. Compare/contrast Sasson to Prior. How are they alike? How are they different? How do their "world views" differ? Do you think the difference between their class affects who they are?

3. Compare/contrast Rivers to Yealland. How are they alike? How are they different? Who is more likeable? Approachable? Compassionate? Intellectual?

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