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. Who is "Princess?"

2. What does Billy see in the Carlsbad Caverns when the lights are switched off?

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

4. What does one of the German soldiers do to Roland Weary?

5. How did Vonnegut once write an outline for a book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Billy describe the Tralfamadorans?

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

4. What parts of Ilium remind Billy of the ruined towns in World War II?

5. When does Billy Pilgrim first experience being unstuck in time?

6. Name some of the places in time that Billy travels to in this chapter.

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

8. How did Billy finally get some sleep?

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

10. Where were the American prisoners of war kept as they were captured?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does luck figure into Billy's Pilgrim's life? Is he a lucky person or an unlucky person? Use examples from the novel to argue your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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