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. How does Jack get to his home city?

2. Why is the experience of releasing the stuck bomb so frightening for Jack?

3. What religion is Jack Raab?

4. Who does Jack decide to call while on weekend leave?

5. When does Jack's plane drop their bombs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Willy and Karl leaving Jack and Stan is somewhat surprising?

2. Explain how Jack is captured, citing examples from the text.

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

4. Explain what happens to Pratt, Jack's crew mate, before they leave on furlough.

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

6. Explain why Jack's parents were extra distraught while he was gone.

7. Give a brief description of flak.

8. Briefly describe the character Stan who is introduced in Part 3, Chapters 13 - 15.

9. Describe where Jack and his crew are sent on their first mission and how Jack feels about it.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The setting in The Last Mission is vital to the whole tone of the story. The setting almost becomes a character itself because of how much it shapes the story. Describe how the author uses the different settings in The Last Mission to set the tone for his story. Different settings to explore: boot camp in Florida, flight training in Louisiana, weekend leave in New Orleans, furlough in New York, Northumberland Air Base in England, the air missions, Czechoslovakia as a POW, and Austria as a POW.

Essay Topic 2

The conflict in The Last Mission is a necessary element of fictional literature. Conflict is the problem in the piece of literature. Explore the theme of the conflict of character vs. self, the main character, Jack, is in conflict with himself.

Essay Topic 3

As Jack marches across Austria with the two German soldiers and Stan, he sees the towns and the people he bombed. For the first time, Jack is faced with the reality of the destruction these bombs caused. Examine the theme of war and morality in the book, analyzing how Jack's character is affected. What is morality? How does it pertain to the book and war? How does Jack feel when he sees the destruction that the bombs have caused? How has Jack's new ideals about war show how he has matured?

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