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. What does Bertram Rumfoord tell Lily about Billy?

3. What does the Head Englishman give the American soldiers in the theater?

4. What is the source of the "animal magnetism" that Billy feels in the hospital?

5. What did Billy know when he boarded the airplane to Montreal?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Dresden so dark at night?

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

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

4. Why was the Polish Farm laborer hung in Dresden?

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

6. How did Tobruk's death change the procedure for recovering corpses?

7. What does Montana Wildhack wear around her neck?

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

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

10. Why is Kilgore Trout shadowing Billy at the anniversary party?

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

Compare Vonnegut's story structure with conventional novels. How does his free associative writing affect the story that he is telling?

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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