|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
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. After rushing from the house he broke into, what does Jack not notice as he comes to a town?
3. Where is Jack's crew assigned to fly their final bomb run over?
4. What does Jack's plane have to do because of the lead plane in the final mission?
5. On Jack's second night after his plane crashes, what does he eat after he sneaks into a house?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe what happens while Jack, Stan, Willy, and Karl are crossing into Austria.
2. Recall what happens during Jack's final mission.
3. Describe the two German soldiers, Willy and Karl, who take Jack and Stan across the countryside.
4. Explain how Jack is captured, citing examples from the text.
5. Describe what happens to Dave after he and Jack parachute, analyzing Jack's reasoning.
6. Explain how the war has taken on a new dimension for Jack.
7. Explain how Jack can understand the German that the soldiers speak.
8. Describe what happens when Jack is taken as a prisoner of war.
9. Explain why Willy and Karl would want to give themselves up to the Americans.
10. Recall how Jack and Stan get back to the American lines and how they are treated.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In The Last Mission, Jack befriends Chuckie, a fellow Army Air Corps crew member. Chuckie quickly becomes Jack's closest friend and an important character in the novel. Write an essay comparing the characters of Chuckie and Jack. Why has each character chosen to join the war effort? Why the Army Air Corps? How does Jack's friendship with Chuckie help him to adjust to life away from home?
Essay Topic 2
The character Stan is introduced later on in The Last Mission. Stan and Jack are put together on the POW bus because they are the least injured and they quickly become friends. Analyze the character of Stan, and also compare him to Jack's character. Where are they from? Why did they join the war effort? What are their families like? How old are they? What do they look like? Who is more passionate about the war? What are their strengths, weaknesses, beliefs?
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?
This section contains 1,114 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)