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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. Fussell makes reference that some people thought the direction the farmers were plowing was an indication of _____.

2. Fussell mentions that an author writes about the German person in the trenches prior to wartime. Who is it?

3. The British had failed to do what by Christmas 1915?

4. Within the trenches, how many lines of troops were stationed there in war time?

5. Some rumors fed many _____.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the difference between British commanders General Sir George Plumer and Sir Douglas Haig?

4. What was the paradox for many soldiers fighting in World War II?

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

6. How does Robert Nichols's poem "Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp: Dawn" show the symbolism of the Crucified Canadian?

7. Describe Haig's command at the Battle of Somme in March 1918?

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

9. What types of rumors and myths surrounded the number three?

10. Explain the story of the Crucified Canadian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The British came into the Great War not having been in a war in about one hundred years. As a result, the British came into battle with assumptions. What assumptions did the British bring into the war? Were they valid assumptions? Why or why not? Did these assumptions help or hinder the British in the war? Give examples to support your answer. If the British enter another war, would it be smart to bring assumptions about previous war experiences into battle with them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how Fussell describes homosexuals as portrayed in literature. Include references to the specific authors and works Fussell mentions, and explain how this all connects to wartime.

Essay Topic 3

"A rumor of most wars concerns deserters." Who is a deserter? Does one desire to become a deserter? What causes one to be a deserter? How does one become a deserter? Is a deserter only associated with a war or do they exist at other times? What do you think is the true meaning of the quote, "A rumor of most wars concerns deserters?"

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