The Great War and Modern Memory Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man where is the main character in autumn of 1914?

2. Some rumors fed many _____.

3. What colors came to symbolize injury and hospitalization?

4. According to Fussell, personalities change as people are exposed to _____.

5. What author does Fussell mention in representing the idea of crucifixion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fussell chooses many writers to help give examples. Pick one poet and one other writer Fussell mentions in wartime literature. Once the poet and writer have been chosen, write a biography on each of these writers, focusing on why they chose to write in the manner they did and why they chose their subject(s).

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the connection between war and the pastoral as shown in the book. What examples does Fussell give? What connection do other authors mentioned by Fussell provide between the military, war, and the pastoral?

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