The Ghost Road Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the character of Billy.

Billy Prior is a soldier that has been sent back from the war but wants to return. He has no direction in his life, and even though he is engaged, he is uncertain of what he wants from his future. His father describes him as "too fussy to live."

2. Why does Billy want to fight in the war?

Billy wants to fight in the war because he doesn't know what else to do with his life.

3. Why does Billy try to downplay his asthma to the medical board?

Billy's asthma could prevent him from returning to war and he wants to return to fight.

4. Why is it ironic that Mitchell does not ask Billy about shell shock in front of the medical board?

It is ironic that Mitchell doesn't ask Billy about shell shock in front of the medical board because shell shock is what got Billy sent home from the war in the first place.

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