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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Fussell refers to the Great War as what?
(a) The most hideous and the most humorous.
(b) The most hideous and the most outrageous.
(c) The most hideous and the most ironic.
(d) The most ironic and the most humorous.

2. What author does Fussell mention in representing the idea of crucifixion?
(a) Sigfried Sassoon.
(b) All answers are correct.
(c) Robert Nichol.
(d) Wilfred Owen.

3. Who is the author of the story "How Young They Died;" referred to in The Great War and Modern Memory?
(a) George Sherston.
(b) Siegfried Sassoon.
(c) Stuart Cloete.
(d) Laurence Binyon.

4. What was the last line of the trenches referred to as?
(a) Last line.
(b) Reserve line.
(c) Front line.
(d) Support line.

5. In "How Young They Died," a soldier, when being sent to France, feels how?
(a) Angry.
(b) Cheerful.
(c) Sad.
(d) Confused.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of World War I, who was the British commander?

2. The last of the volumes of Siegfried Sassoon's works is called _____.

3. At the 1916 Haig disaster, what equipment was introduced as a weapon?

4. By mid-December 1914, British troops had been fighting on the Continent for how long?

5. According to Fussell, what has been affected by time and war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is meant by the statement that the Great War is the most hideous and the most ironic?

2. Fussell shows an example of a soldier from a book by Stuart Cloete. In Cloete's book, How Young They Died, how does the soldier view time?

3. Fussell uses a variety of works by Sigfried Sassoon that he discusses in the book. What is the title of the first volume of Sassoon's trilogy, and what is the first volume about?

4. Explain some of the rumors about farmers during wartime.

5. What was the British's army biggest problem?

6. How did various authors bring in the topic of the sunrise and sunset in reference to the war?

7. What was the purpose of Siegfried Sassoon's trilogy?

8. What is the title of the second volume of Sassoon's trilogy, and what is the second volume about?

9. How does George Sherston use the sky within his writings?

10. What has happened to the area by the Somme River where a fierce battle in the war took place?

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