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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. Over a period of time, the soldiers became polarized in their _____.

2. Writers during the war chose to write about what as a popular topic?

3. Most of the author's reference of sunrise and sunset are gone by what?

4. What did the British commander think the 1916 battle against Germany would do?

5. When soldiers wrote letters home, they were not always _____.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the title of the third and final volume of the trilogy by Siegfried Sassoon, and what is the third volume about?

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What three things happened in November 1918 when the Allies broke through the German lines with their counterattack?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fussell states that troops also had some other uses of the vernacular. What is vernacular and how does it apply to everyday language? Are there many different vernaculars or is there only one vernacular? Explain. Why was a vernacular used? Give five examples of the uses of vernacular.

Essay Topic 2

Fussell says "the Great War was the most hideous and the most ironic." Give specific examples from the story on how Fussell, either by himself or through the use of other author's examples, shows how the Great War was full of irony.

Essay Topic 3

Part 1) Trenches played a big part of the war. Where were they located? Why were they located here? How many miles of trenches were there?

Part 2) Describe life in the trenches. Were they comfortable to live in? How many soldiers actually stayed in the trenches? What did soldiers do in the trenches when they were not in battle? Were the trenches beneficial in battle or did they hurt armies in battle? Give reasons to support your answer.

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