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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 Wild Bob?

2. Who is Barbara Pilgrim?

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

4. What do stars look like to Tralfamadorans?

5. Vonnegut dedicates the book to Mary O'Hare and Gerhard Müller. Who is Gerhard Müller?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the Children's Crusade?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Billy keep a framed copy of the Serenity Prayer in his office?

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

10. Why do the soliders not want Billy to sleep near them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Vonnegut's version of World War II differ from the usual view that we get of the war? Why does he write about this version? Write an essay that analyzes Vonnegut's attitude toward World War II as shown in Slaughterhouse-Five.

Essay Topic 2

Do you think that the firebombing of Dresden was a justified act of war? Use research to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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