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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 old is the boy Njiru brings back to the village?
2. At Craiglockhart, how did Dr. Rivers get his patients to confide their feelings?
3. In Part 3, Chapter 15, who does Billy live with that he knew in the past?
4. What sound do the soldiers often hear?
5. What does the Marshall-of-the-Ten-Wounds plan to build?
Short Essay Questions
1. After Ngea's seance, what is left on Dr. Rivers's pillow? What does it signify?
2. Describe what happens in Dr. Rivers dream in Part 2, Chapter 12, when the conch shell is blown.
3. In Part 3, Chapter 14, what does the spirit of Ngea do in is Dr. Rivers's dream?
4. What are many of Dr. Rivers's patients seeing in Part 3, Chapter 16?
5. What is unique about Billy's sexual conquest in Part 3, Chapter 17 and what worries him after?
6. How long must Ngea's widow remain in mourning and what does the mourning entail?
7. Based on Billy's diary, describe a typical day in France for Billy.
8. What is headhunting?
9. What are some negatives that Billy experiences in Part 2, Chapter 13?
10. What provokes Dr. Rivers's dreams of Njiru?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dr. Rivers tells much of his story through a dream state, induced by a flu fever.
1) What is the focus of Dr. Rivers's dreams?
2) Who appears in his dreams?
3) Do his dreams provide him any sort of comfort or resolution? If not, what do they accomplish?
Essay Topic 2
Confusion about the future is a theme that many readers can relate to. Analyze the use of this theme throughout the story.
1) Does the war cause confusion about the future? For who? In what way?
2) The character Billy might have been confused about his future even if there was not a war. Why?
3) How does Billy's confusion about the future lead to his downfall?
Essay Topic 3
Billy's infidelity defines his character in a way that is not just sexual.
1) Define infidelity.
2) Compare and contrast Billy's infidelity to himself as opposed to others.
3) How does Billy's infidelity lead to his demise?
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