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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. In Part 3, Chapter 17, what type of weapons do Billy's battalion fear they will march against?
2. Where is Ngea's body escorted to, prior to meeting the funeral boat?
3. What does blowing the conch shell do for the chief's widow?
4. Who does Billy write a letter to at the end of Part 3, Chapter 17?
5. What happens to Ngea's skull?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Part 2, Chapter 11, how does Billy describe his living conditions and why does this bother him?
2. What is Billy struggling with emotionally at the beginning of Part 3, Chapter 17?
3. By Part 3, Chapter 16, why is Dr. Rivers one of the few doctors that remain practicing?
4. What is headhunting?
5. How long must Ngea's widow remain in mourning and what does the mourning entail?
6. What is ironic about Billy's death?
7. In Part 3, Chapter 14, what does the spirit of Ngea do in is Dr. Rivers's dream?
8. Describe Dr. Rivers's dream about his sister Catherine in Part 2, Chapter 12.
9. What is Billy's state of mind in Part 2, Chapter 13?
10. Who is with Hallett during his death?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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