Slaughterhouse-Five Test | 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. What does Barbara think is wrong with Billy when she finds him in his cold house?

2. What was the prized possession of the Commander who captured Billy and Roland?

3. How does Roland Weary die?

4. Why does Billy get a furlough during basic training?

5. Why does Vonnegut stop at the Hudson River on the way to see his friend Bernard O'Hare?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Kurt Vonnegut learn about the bombing of Dresden when he wrote to the Air Force for details?

2. How does Billy describe the Tralfamadorans?

3. Why does the author keep reminding the reader that Edgar Derby will die in Dresden?

4. Why do the Tralfamadorans not believe in free will?

5. Why were Roland Weary's feet so bloody?

6. Why did Roland Weary start to beat and kick Billy?

7. What does Billy extrapolate happening after the end of the war movie he is watching on the night before his daughter's wedding?

8. Why is Billy afraid to drop down from the railroad car?

9. What happened to the army scouts who left Billy and Roland behind?

10. What is unusual about the way Tralfamadorans view time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Slaughterhouse-Five an historical fiction or a science fiction? Write an essay defining each genre and answering this question. Use examples from the text to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay comparing the treatment of the prisoners of war by the Germans to the way prisoners of war are treated today. Use one of the following questions (or your own ideas) to form your thesis:

1) Are prisoners of war treated better or worse now than during World War II?

2) Are the Geneva Conventions still relevant?

Essay Topic 3

Howard J. Campbell appears in another novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, called Mother Night. Compare the character as depicted in that novel with the Howard J. Campbell that appears in Slaughterhouse-Five.

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