The Forever War 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 propositions Mandella in this chapter?

2. Which movement does Kynock mention in this chapter?

3. What does Mandella turn off at the end of this chapter?

4. What does Mandella think all of his new troops are?

5. What kind of business are the cooks running?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Graubard die?

2. What is the happy pill?

3. Summarize The Forever War story.

4. How do the Taurans try and defeat the humans when their darts don't work?

5. What problems do Mandella and Moore identify when they explore the ship?

6. Why do Mandella and Charlie decide against the idea of evacuating all personnel into the stasis field?

7. Why does Diane think it will be a bad idea if Mandella kills Graubard?

8. How are the cooks making the alcohol?

9. How does the happy pill help Mandella when his ship is attacked?

10. What do Marygay and Mandella decide on the phone in Chapter 9, Part 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Haldeman use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Aside from the main character, examine the way Haldeman uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have?

Essay Topic 2

Write a 500-word essay revolving around the following statement: The Forever War details only two battles because the author wants to show the effects of war beyond just the fighting.

Essay Topic 3

The Forever War is written in the first person and with Haldeman as narrator. Why do you think Haldeman chose to write the story in the first person? How do you think the meaning of the story would have changed if it were written in the third person? What difference does it make it make to the story that Haldeman is one of the characters?

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