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. How does Billy leave the hospital?

2. Why are the prisoners of war taken back to Dresden after the bombing?

3. Why did the Germans who survived the bombing flee from Dresden?

4. What does Billy do when Rumfoord tells him that Dresden did need to be bombed?

5. What does Billy do after getting to the hospital after the plane crash?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were the German guards in Dresden relieved when they saw the American prisoners of war?

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

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

4. What story does Billy Pilgrim tell Montana when she begs him for one?

5. How does Billy Pilgrim die?

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

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

8. What advice does Paul Lazzaro give to Billy Pilgrim?

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

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

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

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

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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