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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The scale of the war is important to many themes in the novel, and the men of the squad have opportunities to glimpse a portion of its full size. The strategic development of deep fronts that are hundreds of miles long necessitates huge armies, and the drive for advanced and numerically superior firepower requires volumes of weapons and material. The scale of the war makes it difficult for the men to fully understand, and it makes them uninformed pawns in a game far too large to be seen from ground-level.

Part 1) Cite examples from the book to explain how the author establishes the size and scale of the war.

Part 2) Discuss the impact of the scale of the war on the men of Bertrand's squad.

Part 3) Based on information in the book, and in particular the analysis of logical men like Cocon and Bertrand, speculate about the factors that contribute to the necessity of the large force sizes seen in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

The shirkers are introduced in Volpatte's story about his time behind the lines recovering from his head injuries. His comrades are disgusted to hear his stories of the cowardice, deceit, and arrogance of these men who refuse to join in the war effort.

Part 1) Explain what "shirkers" are. What background do these men typically come from? What are some of the common excuses given for avoiding the war?

Part 2) Citing specific examples from the book, speculate about whether the shirkers are aware of their moral failings.

Part 3) What do the poilus think of the shirkers? How does Volpatte's story affect the squad on an immediate and a long-term basis?

Essay Topic 3

The author makes it a point to center the narrative spotlight on a number of inexplicable or irrational actions on the part of the French army and its officers. The army does much that makes little sense, and this tends to reinforce the theme of hopeless and pointless waste.

Part 1) Describe some examples of actions on the part of the French army and its officers that seems to make little sense.

Part 2) Explain the reaction of the men of Bertrand's squad to this irrationality. Cite specific examples of these reactions and explain their significance.

Part 3) Speculate as to the reasoning behind some of these unexplained or mysterious actions. Could there be well-founded explanations for some of these behaviors? In the case of actions with no apparent explanation, speculate about how such an action became sanctioned and approved by the military.

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