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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

Corporal Bertrand is the aloof leader of the narrator's squad. The men respect his leadership, and he clearly is capable, most of his men having earned medals for their exploits.

Part 1) Describe Cpl. Bertrand as a character. What are his major character traits? What sets him apart, other than his rank, from the other members of the squad?

Part 2) What evidence suggests that Cpl. Bertrand is a capable leader? How does he earn the loyalty of the men who serve under his command?

Part 3) Explain, using examples from the book, what Cpl. Bertrand's leadership style is like in action. How does this contribute to the functioning of the squad?

Essay Topic 2

There is a wide gap in perceptions about the war between the soldiers who are fighting it and the civilians who learn about its progress from the media. A few times in the novel, the soldiers come into direct conflict with this misunderstanding, but do little to correct it.

Part 1) Describe how the civilians perceive the state and progress of the war. How accurate are these perceptions?

Part 2) How does the media shape the perceptions of the civilians of France? Does this manipulation seem intentional? Speculate about the motives of the media.

Part 3) Explain how the poilus perceive the war. How does this differ from public perception? Why do the soldiers fail to speak out to correct the civilians?

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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