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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 comparing Slaughterhouse-Five with another novel or book describing events from World War II. Pick one of the following topics as a focus in your essay:

a) Realism about the war.

b) Symbolism.

c) How personal experiences affect writing.

d) The author's attitude toward war.

Essay Topic 2

Research and write a paper describing the bombing of Dresden in 1944.

Essay Topic 3

The Tralfamadorans have a very different view of time than we do. Write an essay that speculates on how humans will view time in 500 years. Will we still look at it the same way?

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