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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. According to Fussell, modern war requires an accompanying ______.
(a) Peace.
(b) Innocence.
(c) Literature.
(d) Language.

2. About how far from the enemy were the first line of troops stationed in the trenches?
(a) Two hundred fifty yards.
(b) Two hundred yards.
(c) Fifty yards.
(d) One hundred fifty yards.

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

4. Who does Fussell refer to as the master of spiritual irony?
(a) George Sherston.
(b) Thomas Hardy.
(c) Sir Douglas Haig.
(d) General Sir George Plumer.

5. A rumor of most wars concerns _____.
(a) Deserters.
(b) Officers.
(c) Generals.
(d) Troops.

Short Answer Questions

1. The soldiers in the trenches are subject to the commands of who?

2. During war time, what was censored?

3. At the beginning of World War I, what was the British's biggest problem?

4. Imaginations of the mind are displayed by Fussell through what type of literature?

5. In Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, in what year was George Sherson's best friend shot at the front?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the literature presented to illustrate the dichotomy between the officers and the soldiers?

2. What is the myth of the ruined basilica with a statue of the Virgin and Child on top in Albert, France?

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

4. Describe the traditional ritual meaning of dawn and its association with the Great War.

5. What is the relationship between the officers and the soldiers?

6. What happened to the trenches when the wars ended?

7. Rumors of most wars concern deserters. What do these rumors say?

8. Fussell uses and quotes Thomas Hardy. Fussell begins by quoting a Thomas Hardy poem. Why does Fussell quote Hardy about the war?

9. Name some assumptions made by the British on entering the war?

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

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