Short Essay Questions Key
1. Briefly describe the main character, Jack Raab.
Jack Raab is a Jewish teenager who is impulsive, young, and excited by the idea of becoming a hero. He is a large boy and looks older than his fifteen years.
2. Explain why Jack wants to join the Army Air Corps.
Jack wants to represent his family in the fight against Hitler. He wants to join the Army Air Corps to take some revenge on the Germans from all the Jews they have killed.
3. Describe how Jack enlists in the Army Air Corps.
Jack enlists in the Army Air Corps using his brother's birth certificate. No one has questioned Jack's right to be there. Jack thinks it's because he is a large boy, bigger even than his older brother.
4. Analyze Jack and Chuckie's relationship; how does Jack feel about Chuckie?
Jack met Chuckie, a fellow soldier, at gunnery school. Jack thinks of Chuckie as his closest friend and imagines if he ever tells anyone about his real age, it will be Chuckie.
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