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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. The accommodations in France remind Billy of what?
2. What do the officers drink together on the porch?
3. In Part 1, Chapter 3, who does Elinor remind Billy of?
4. What does Dr. Rivers think of Geoffrey before he meets him?
5. Where do the officers sleep in Part 2, Chapter 9?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Billy learns he's returning to France, what is his reaction?
2. Why does Billy want to fight in the war?
3. Explain the speech impediment Dr. Rivers had as a youth and what caused it.
4. What is the irony in the lifestyle the officers are living in Part 2, Chapter 9?
5. Describe Dr. Rivers's childhood.
6. Why is it ironic that Mitchell does not ask Billy about shell shock in front of the medical board?
7. Describe the character Sarah and her relationship with Billy.
8. In Part 2, Chapter 7, what is the noticeable literary change that takes place in the novel?
9. How does Dr. Rivers's treatment of Moffet make Dr. Rivers feel? Why?
10. In Dr. Rivers flashback to Njiru, the witch doctor, what does Dr. Rivers think of Njiru's ability?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Billy's attitude towards life eventually leads to his death.
1) Why does Billy want to return to France?
2) How does Billy feel about life in the beginning of The Ghost Road? By the end?
3) Does Billy regret his decision to return to war?
Essay Topic 2
Tension is a driving force behind The Ghost Road. Analyze the use of tension in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Billy's is clear on what he does not want to do with his life, but less clear on what he does want to do.
1) What does Billy not want to do with his life?
2) What does Billy choose to do instead? How does this choice help him grow as a person? What responsibilities does it offer?
3) What positive character traits develop in Billy, due to this final experience in the war?
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