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 play do the British officers perform for the Americans?

2. Who dies in the railroad boxcars?

3. Where in the city are the prisoners of war kept during the bombing?

4. Why are the American prisoners given showers?

5. What complaint is Billy's doctor trying to relieve?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Billy describe the Tralfamadorans?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the structure of a Tralfamadoran novel.

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

9. What does the story of Sodom and Gomorrah have to do with Vonnegut's book about Dresden?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay addressing the use of humor in Slaughterhouse-Five. How does the author use humor in the book? Use examples from the text to illustrate your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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