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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. What does Lamuse believe about Eudoxie?

2. When the narrator returns to the squad's quarters after listening to the story of execution, what is Volpatte doing?

3. According to the media, what is the state of the war?

4. Cocon is described as being which of the following?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the predictions made by the invalids?

2. What do most of the wounded in the refuge think about God?

3. What do the men of the squad think about the shirkers?

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

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

6. What does Volpatte do at the depot after recovering from his injuries?

7. How do Volpatte and Fouillade get lost?

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

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

10. In Chapter 1, how do the men know that an offensive is imminent?

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

The equipment, appearance, and clothing of the poilus is discussed at length throughout the book. They are depicted as individuals, each with a unique look and personality. This individuality forms an important theme in the novel, demonstrating that the soldiers are normal people thrust into circumstances that they have difficulty adapting to and understanding. They maintain this individuality until the final chapter of the book, when the rain and mud make the men of both sides appear the same.

Part 1) Using examples from the book, explain how the author establishes the individuality of the soldiers on the basis of appearance.

Part 2) Discuss how this individuality reflects the soldier's unique backgrounds and temperaments.

Part 3) How does this individuality become an important theme in the novel? Why is it important that the author picks out and differentiates individuals among the masses of the French army? Explain how this theme is developed in the novel, starting with the introduction of the individual soldiers, and ending with the reflection near the end of the novel that war is made up of individuals, but that they fade into nothing in the grand scheme of the struggle.

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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