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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. Before World War I, how many years had it been since Britian was engaged in a major war?

2. By the end of 1917, Germany had shifted their troops in what direction?

3. What are the prolonged implications from soldiers forced in the trenches for a long period of time?

4. What is the title of the final volume of the trilogy?

5. In "How Young They Died," a soldier, when being sent to France, feels how?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze what is meant by people feeling they have a duty toward the war. Why should people have this feeling? Is this a patriotic duty to always have or should we only have this feeling at wartime? In your writing, talk about Wilfred Owen's and Thomas Pynchon's writings, specifically, Gravity's Rainbow.

Essay Topic 2

The sky, sunrises, and sunsets were popular topics during wartime literature. Fussell mentions some examples of wartime literature authors who talk about the sky, sunrises, and sunsets. Who are these authors? In what genre do they write? Match a specific title to the author and genre. What specifically do they refer to in their writing? (skies, sunrises, sunsets) What makes skies, sunrises, and sunsets so symbolic to wartime literature? Give specific examples from the writing.

Essay Topic 3

"There were many rumors and myths surrounding the number three." Why were there many rumors and myths surrounding the number three? How does the number three occur in the methodology of the war? How did the military use of the number three feed many myths within literature? Give examples from Fussell's work.

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