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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. Tirette is best described as which of the following?

2. Which soldier besides Lamuse believes the Eudoxie is infatuated with him?

3. How does the narrator feel about the trench completed in Chapter 12?

4. The men of the squad agree that support services should be performed by which of the following groups?

5. The "Moroccan Division" is admired for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was executed just before the events of Chapter 10, and why?

2. What does the German in the refuge say and wonder about God?

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

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

5. In what way is Fouillade similar to the dog, Labri?

6. What is the state of the area around the railway station where the squad waits in Chapter 7?

7. What is Volpatte's opinion of the phrase, "If we do return"?

8. Briefly summarize Cocon's description of the organization of the forces present near the railway station.

9. What is Poterloo's mental state when he and the narrator discover the remains of Souchez?

10. Describe Lamuse's relationship with Eudoxie.

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 machine gun is a feared weapon on the battlefield, and rightly so. Its effectiveness is seen in detail in the chapter "Under Fire," and the men discuss it on many occasions. It is the primary reason for the existence of trench warfare, and the cause of most of the misery on which the book centers. The machine gunners themselves represent an almost élite class in the army, being specially favored targets for retribution and looting, and receiving a variety of favors from their own side.

Part 1) Use information from the book to explain what a machine gun is and its impact on warfare in the time of the novel.

Part 2) Explain the men's perceptions and fears about machine guns. Cite specific examples to justify or disprove these perceptions.

Part 3) Discuss some of the ways that machine gunners are treated differently from other soldiers, both by their own forces and by the enemy. Why do these men receive this treatment?

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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