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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 do the other men try to coax Volpatte into sharing his story?

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

3. What is Lamuse's opinion of aircraft?

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

5. What do the men concede with regards to the "shirkers"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 15, how do the men react to the lack of supplies?

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

4. What does the narrator overhear the Legionnaires talking about? What are they planning, and why?

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

6. How do the men feel about their "treasures"?

7. What happens when the refuge is shelled by artillery?

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

9. How does Paradis's mood change throughout Chapter 16?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many types of forces and divisions within the French army are discussed in the book. The poilus are the mainstay of the French forces, but there are many others, including the Territorials, the Zouaves, and the Foreign Legion.

Part 1) Describe in detail at least three forces in the French army besides the poilus. Using information from the book, discuss their composition, their armaments, and their strengths and weaknesses.

Part 2) Using examples from the book, explain how each of these groups performs a vital function in the French army that helps to support the poilus.

Part 3) Explain how the poilus relate to each of these others forces. How often do they work in close connection? What is the poilus' opinion of each group?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Functional equipment is discussed throughout the novel indirectly by the narrator and openly by members of the squad. The men live and sometimes die by the equipment that they carry, and so its nature, maintenance and quality is of utmost importance. The men use a variety of standard issue, irregular, and even improvised equipment.

Part 1) What do the men think of their standard-issue equipment and supplies from the government? Do they generally find that these things are adequate for their day-to-day needs and the demands of battle?

Part 2) How do the men supplement their government-issued equipment? How do they personalize and augment their clothing, weapons, and supplies?

Part 3) What are the men's priorities when selecting and dealing with their equipment? What factors seem most important, and which seem of little relevance to them?

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