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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following was considered an aggravating circumstance in the veteran's case?
(a) He once assaulted a police officer.
(b) He was a decorated war hero.
(c) He was once arrested for drunkenness as a civilian.
(d) He served in the foreign legion.

2. About how many deaths are predicted in the first chapter?
(a) Three million deaths.
(b) Thirty million deaths.
(c) One million deaths.
(d) Ten million deaths.

3. The men of the squad agree that support services should be performed by which of the following groups?
(a) Young men.
(b) Women.
(c) Veterans.
(d) The old and weak.

4. Why does the old man who speaks to the soldiers leave angry?
(a) The men disagree with him about the war.
(b) The men make fun of his advanced age.
(c) One of the men tries to cheat him.
(d) The men find his philosophy amusing.

5. According to the media, what is the state of the war?
(a) A swift victory is expected.
(b) Slow progress is made.
(c) The war is being lost.
(d) A victory is impossible.

Short Answer Questions

1. The characters introduced in Chapter 2 are part of what type of squad?

2. How long was Volpatte on leave to recover from his injury?

3. What does Lamuse believe about Eudoxie?

4. Why do the gentlemen of the depot take care to avoid Volpatte?

5. What is unusual about the road that the narrator and Poterloo take to get to Souchez?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature and duty of Cpl. Bertrand's squad?

2. What is meant by the phrase that each poilu "carries his crowd along"?

3. How do the men feel about the things they carry?

4. How prepared are the men for a gas attack?

5. What is the attitude of the men towards the journalists?

6. What obstacles do the French face during their assault on the German trench?

7. What does Volpatte do at the depot after recovering from his injuries?

8. What is the "feast of the survivors"?

9. Where is Fouillade from, and what is his hometown like?

10. What do the soldiers believe about fraternity, liberty, and equality?

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