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 happens to Pratt's wife?

2. What does Jack find himself doing with each mission?

3. What is Jack's brother's name?

4. With which Lieutenant does Jack undergo flight training?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Jack wants to join the Army Air Corps.

2. Analyze how Jack's first mission begins to change him.

3. Describe and briefly analyze how Jack feels about the war in Part 1, Chapters 1-3.

4. Recall what happens on Jack's first mission.

5. Explain why Jack decides to keep a piece of flak from one of his missions.

6. Explain whom Jack meets in Miami Beach and what he fears.

7. Analyze how Jack's immaturity is apparent in Part 1, Chapters 1 -3, citing an example from the text.

8. Briefly describe the main character, Jack Raab.

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

10. Recall what Jack does to get home to New York.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Once Jack begins going on missions, he is finally faced with the reality of war and he is frightened. This is the beginning of a change in Jack's personality and in his maturity level.

Part 1) Describe what happens on Jack's first mission over Berlin.

Part 2) Explain what Jack realizes after his first mission.

Part 3) How is Jack's behavior changing now that he is experiencing the war for real?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One theme in The Last Mission is the routine of military life. This routine takes up a good portion of this section of the book. Jack, however, does not seem to get used to the missions. Examine the theme of routine of military life and how Jack adjusts to this routine.

Part 1) How is Jack coping with the missions, even though they are routine? Is he still excited about them?

Part 2) Does anything ever happen to break up the routine of everyday military life?

Part 3) How does the routine of military life set the tone for this section of the book?

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