Slaughterhouse-Five Test | Final 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 was Paul Lazzaro's one friend in the war?

2. Why did the English prisoners give their latrine to the Americans?

3. What does the barbershop quartet at the anniversary party remind Billy of?

4. Who catches Billy at his crime?

5. Which of these was not the subject of a book by Kilgore Trout?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is remarkable about Billy while he sleeps in the back of the coffin-shaped wagon in Dresden?

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

4. Why is Dresden so dark at night?

5. What does Bernard's article about human population reveal about life?

6. Why were there so many girls at the slaughterhouse?

7. What did Paul Lazzaro do to the dog that bit him?

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

9. What does the phrase "so it goes" mean?

10. What is Billy Pilgrim wearing by the time he reaches Dresden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Roland Weary can be said to personify the typical American war hero, while Billy Pilgrim is anything but. Write an essay comparing these two characters. Which is more heroic?

Essay Topic 3

Write a personal essay, explaining your view of death and/or the afterlife. Describe the basis of your views. Did they come from your family, your religion, popular culture, or from a specific source?

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