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. By the time they reach Luxembourg, Roland Weary is reduced to wearing. . .

2. What does the author compare the march of American prisoners to?

3. What do the Tralfamadorans do with Billy?

4. How long had the British soldiers been prisoners of war?

5. What type of book does Vonnegut tell his friend he is writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Children's Crusade?

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

3. Why do people think Billy is brain damaged after his surgery?

4. How did Tobruk's death change the procedure for recovering corpses?

5. According to the aliens in Kilgore Trout's book, what is the flaw in the story of Christ?

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

7. Why does Kurt Vonnegut use real information from his life in this book?

8. How did Billy finally get some sleep?

9. Why were the British officers in this particular camp?

10. Why was the Polish Farm laborer hung in Dresden?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay explaining one of more of the symbols in this novel. Choose the symbol you want to comment on from the list below, or come up with your own.

a) Billy's outfit (silver boots, blue toga, fur muff)

b) Landscapes (the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns)

c) Death symbols (the coffin-shaped wagon)

d) The souvenirs kept by the Americans after the war.

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

What would you say was Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s purpose in writing this novel? What is the main message of the story? Support your conclusion with quotes or examples from the novel, or interviews with the author.

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