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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. Where are Jack and Stan taken when their bus arrives at its destination?
2. Where do the German soldiers leave Jack and Stan in Part 3, Chapter 17?
3. When Jack lands after jumping from his plane, why does he not immediately bury his parachute?
4. What are the German Soldiers names?
5. When does the bus that Jack is waiting aboard leave?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain how Jack is captured, citing examples from the text.
2. Recall what Jack tells the German soldier who interviews him.
3. Describe what happens to Dave after he and Jack parachute, analyzing Jack's reasoning.
4. Explain why Willy and Karl leaving Jack and Stan is somewhat surprising?
5. Describe the two German soldiers, Willy and Karl, who take Jack and Stan across the countryside.
6. Recall how Jack and Stan get back to the American lines and how they are treated.
7. Explain why Jack's birthday is so significant to his final mission that he is assigned over Czechoslovakia.
8. Explain why Willy and Karl would want to give themselves up to the Americans.
9. Briefly describe the character Stan who is introduced in Part 3, Chapters 13 - 15.
10. Explain how the idea of survival has become evident in Part 3, Chapters 13-15.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During their imprisonment, Jack and Stan are given very little food, leaving them starving. One day a priest gives them each a boiled egg. Jack saves his and his faced with the decision of giving his egg to a starving German child or keeping it for himself. Explore the idea of compassion in The Last Mission.
Part 1) How important is it for Jack to not lose his compassion during war? Or is it dangerous to feel compassion while at war?
Part 2) Is Stan as compassionate as Jack? Do the German guards show Jack any compassion?
Part 3) How does Jack's compassion show how much he as matured while at war?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
In The Last Mission, Jack has now seen other soldiers shot and killed. Yet, he seems unwilling to accept that his friends are dead, even though his own eyes have seen it. Analyze Jack's unwillingness to accept death and why he is so unwilling.
Part 1) Why is Jack so unwilling to accept that his crew members are dead?
Part 2) Why would Jack hold onto the belief that they are alive?
Part 3) Is Jack's unwillingness to accept death a way of surviving or is it a result of his immaturity?
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