The Great War and Modern Memory Test | Final 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. Because of their secret, both of the main characters in "But It Still Goes On" are what?

2. Fussell demonstrates the use of pet names for cities and places. What word was used to refer to eat-apples?

3. In "Exposure," where do the men dream they are?

4. What type of flower is associated with the pastoral?

5. Where was the pre-war class system the most pronounced?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was "Over There" and why are the sites of World War I and II distant to most Americans?

2. What types of Anglicized and pet names did the troops make for cities and places?

3. In Anthony Burgess' book The Wanting Seed, the main character is Tristram Fox, who is in the military and decides the war is a farce and a fake. What happens when Tristram serves on the front line?

4. In relation to love, explain the soldier's world in the battlefield?

5. How is bathing soldiers a part of wartime literature?

6. What are the two reasons Fussell believes the British soldiers have a flair for theatrics?

7. What is so special about blond males in most wartime literature? Name some authors who wrote about blond males.

8. How are flowers and the color red associated with the pastoral?

9. Describe Robert Graves military life in his book, Goodbye to All That.

10. Describe Wilfred Owen's writings and his service time in 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 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 3

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.

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