The Last Mission 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. What does the person who Jack spends the final day of furlough with promise to do?

2. If Jack tells anyone about his real age, whom would he tell?

3. To which state does Jack go for training with his flight crew?

4. How does Jack feel when his plane touches ground after his first mission?

5. What does Jack talk about to the person he calls?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Jack and his crew do on weekend leave.

2. Recall what Jack and Dotty talk about when he calls her from New Orleans.

3. Recall what happens during Jack's final mission.

4. Give a brief description of flak.

5. Describe what Jack spends his furlough doing in Part 1, Chapter 5.

6. Explain how Jack views the men who teach him during his training.

7. Explain in Part 4, Chapters 18-21, how Jack's grief shows how much he changed throughout the book.

8. Recall from the text how Jack reacts his first time up in the air.

9. Recall what Jack tells the German soldier who interviews him.

10. Recall what happens to Jack and Stan once they reach the airport.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jack struggles with his feelings of homesickness throughout the novel. These homesick feelings are a major theme in the novel.

Part 1) What is homesickness? How can it affect a person's state of mind?

Part 2) How is Jack's homesick feelings making him act?

Part 3) How does Jack cope with his homesick feelings?

Essay Topic 2

Jack is taken as a prisoner of war. Many soldiers were taken as prisoners during World War II. Research and explore prisoners of war during World War II and compare Jack's experience. What is a prisoner of war? Is Jack's treatment the norm for prisoners of war?

Essay Topic 3

At one point in the novel, Jack has not actually experienced any real combat. He has fantasized about how he thinks the war will be, however, the reality of how it is changes him forever. Analyze how Jack's fantasies of war differ from the actual realities of the war. How can someone's fantasy of something almost make the reality harder to bear? Is Jack having a harder time dealing with his reality because of his preconceived notions of war?

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