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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. Why does Tulacque believe that those who drive the artillery pieces to Verdun are not truly in the war?

2. How do Volpatte and Fouillade capture the two German soldiers?

3. Which of the following was considered an aggravating circumstance in the veteran's case?

4. When Chapter 12 begins, how long has the squad been digging trenches?

5. According to Cocon, how many corps are present in the area of the railway depot?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the men believe about 77mm shells, despite evidence to the contrary?

3. How do the men first meet Eudoxie, and what is Lamuse doing when they do?

4. What problem do Blaire and the other face in Chapter 18, "A box of matches", and how do they solve it?

5. How adequate are the rations and wages issued to the men?

6. What is the general psychological state of the men of Cpl. Bertrand's squad?

7. How do the invalids in the sanatorium learn of the war?

8. According to the author, what is important about the men writing letters home?

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

10. Why does Eudore agree to take his five old friends with him when he goes to visit his wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Lamuse is a unique character with strange, but internally consistent behavior. He is eccentric, but extremely loyal to his squad. Among the many normal men the narrator describes being drawn into the war, Lamuse learns to adapt well and demonstrates his strong character at many points in the novel.

Part 1) Describe Lamuse as a character. Who is he? Where does he come from? What is his appearance? What are his personality traits?

Part 2) The narrator often uses comparisons to various animals to describe Lamuse. Cite some of these examples and explain their purpose. What do these comparisons establish about Lamuse?

Part 3) Explain some of Lamuse's eccentricities and odd behavior, as well as some ways that he demonstrates his loyalty and dedication to the squad.

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