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 is unique about the coat Billy Pilgrim gets from the Germans?

2. What happened when Lot's wife looked back on Sodom and Gomorrah?

3. What interrupts Billy's attempt at napping?

4. Who is "Princess?"

5. What was Edgar Derby's job before he joined the army?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Billy Pilgrim ultimately learn from the Tralfamadorans?

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

3. Where does Billy time travel to when the spaceship hits a time warp?

4. What is echolalia?

5. What objects were hidden in Billy's coat?

6. How does Edgar react when Billy feeds him?

7. What was the Children's Crusade?

8. What is the meaning of the last line of the novel?

9. How did the English prisoners of war view the Americans?

10. Why is Kilgore Trout shadowing Billy at the anniversary party?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an analysis of one of the major characters in Slaughterhouse-Five. Track their actions through the book and comment on their purpose in furthering the plot or theme of the book.

Essay Topic 3

Vonnegut makes frequent allusions to religious or biblical references in Slaughterhouse-Five. Write an essay that highlights his use of religious and spiritual concepts.

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