Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Lamuse is described with what seemingly contradictory label?
2. Chapter 7 begins with the squad waiting where as they prepare for redeployment?
3. Why were the executed veteran's accomplices sentenced to life in prison and not executed?
4. What is Gauchin-l'Abbé?
5. "Trench Tourists" refers to which of the following?
Short Essay Questions
1. What problem do Blaire and the other face in Chapter 18, "A box of matches", and how do they solve it?
2. What happened to Joseph's brother, and how is his body found?
3. How do the civilian's perceptions of the war differ from the soldier's experiences?
4. What do the men believe about 77mm shells, despite evidence to the contrary?
5. During his six-day leave, how much time is Eudore able to share with his wife?
6. How does Volpatte regard his wound? How do the other men regard it?
7. How does the author feel about the speech of the characters in the book he is writing?
8. What is meant by the phrase that each poilu "carries his crowd along"?
9. Briefly summarize Cocon's description of the organization of the forces present near the railway station.
10. What does the narrator overhear the Legionnaires talking about? What are they planning, and why?
Trench warfare features heavily in the novel, and brutality of a frontal assault on a trench is shown in detail in the title chapter, "Under Fire."
Part 1) Based on information from the book, describe the basics of trench warfare. Why are trenches necessary? How is a trench defended and assaulted?
Part 2) Cite examples from the book to show how successful frontal assaults against trenches usually are. What dangers does an assaulting force face on their approach to the trench?
Part 3) Describe the overall effectiveness of this kind of warfare. Based on the events of the novel, does this kind of warfare appear decisive?
The author demonstrates that in the war, life is cheap. Soldiers on both sides die for mundane reasons with no clear gain. The poilus of Bertrand's squad and others show that the deaths of strangers mean little to them, and the death of friends is common and unremarkable, though sad.
Part 1) Cite and explain examples from the book to show how the author establishes the poilus' attitude towards death..
Part 2) Discuss the theme of the cheapness of life. What are some of the smallest and most meaningless reasons that soldiers die in the novel? How do the soldiers react to these events?
Part 3) Do the men of Cpl. Bertrand's squad seem aware of the cheapness of their own lives? How do they deal with the nearly constant threat of death, and the knowledge that death may mean nothing?
Throughout the novel, and in particular in the chapter "Bombardment," it is shown that the men have an intimate knowledge of artillery weapons used by both sides. Although these weapons seem to intercede only occasionally, their effect is devastating and seemingly random. The men have a strange mixture of admiration, respect, and fear of these weapons, mixed in with a strange kind of superstition developed over the course of many months spent trying to avoid death at the hands of these random killers.
Part 1) Using information from the book, discuss some of the types of artillery employed by both sides. How effective and accurate are these weapons?
Part 2) Describe the level of knowledge that the soldiers seem to have of the various kinds of artillery employed against them. Explain some of their more rational beliefs and fears.
Part 3) Explain some of the soldiers more irrational beliefs and fears about the artillery. Speculate about why these almost superstitious fears and practices came into being.
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