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. What work does Billy do as a prisoner of war?

2. Who, according to the author, died two days before he wrote this chapter?

3. Who is Howard J. Campbell?

4. Why does the Head Englishman envy the Americans?

5. Who is the first person Billy sees when he wakes up after surgery?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the English prisoners of war view the Americans?

2. How does Billy's wife, Valencia, die?

3. Why do people think Billy is brain damaged after his surgery?

4. How does Edgar react when Billy feeds him?

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

6. How does Billy Pilgrim die?

7. What finally happened to Edgar Derby?

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

9. Why is Dresden so dark at night?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Slaughterhouse-Five an historical fiction or a science fiction? Write an essay defining each genre and answering this question. Use examples from the text to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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