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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. The "Territorials" are noted for what unusual quality?

2. Cpl. Marchal serves with what military units?

3. How are Volpatte and Fouillade lost?

4. What is Labri?

5. In their deployment after Gauchin-l'Abbé, what is unusual about all the buildings and equipment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lamuse's relationship with Eudoxie.

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

3. What are Lamuse and the narrator's opinions about aircraft?

4. Where do the men go when the bombardment gets worse? What happens when they get there?

5. What do Volpatte and Fouillade do between the time they are sent to the shell-hole and the time they are found by their unit?

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

7. How does the squad acquire room and board in Gauchin-l'Abbé?

8. During his six-day leave, how much time is Eudore able to share with his wife?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eudoxie is a major character, although her time in the story is brief. She affects many characters and their interactions with her illuminate many details about these individuals.

Part 1) Who is Eudoxie? Where does she come from? What is unusual about her? Why is she frequently seen in seemingly dangerous areas near the front?

Part 2) Describe the effects that Eudoxie has on some of the men of the squad.

Part 3) Explain Eudoxie's purpose as a character. What does she represent, and what themes does her character relate to or affect?

Essay Topic 2

Near the end of the novel, religious themes are discussed frequently and in a serious fashion. The narrator himself reveals little about his faith or lack thereof, but the things he experiences clearly cause him to begin thinking about such matters in more detail. The men at the refuge discuss this subject in great detail. Appropriately, they ask more questions than they answer.

Part 1) How are religious themes developed throughout the novel. Explain how these themes are first introduced, where they are discussed most thoroughly and how, if at all, they are resolved.

Part 2) Explain the narrator's personal progression in this regard, citing examples to show his changing state of mind and increasing interest in the subject. Citing information from the book, explain why these changes take place.

Part 2) Explain some of the opinions of the poilus and other soldiers about religion and God. Explain how these opinions are consonant with their experiences and other opinions expressed at other points in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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