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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. Which luxury in Gauchin-l'Abbé do the men seem to enjoy most?
2. Volpatte shares the first part of his story just after the squad finishes what type of duty?
3. The "Moroccan Division" is admired for what?
4. What is Biquet's response to his mother's concern for him as expressed in her letter?
5. What type of establishment does Eudore's wife Mariette run?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do most of the wounded in the refuge think about God?
2. What obstacles do the French face during their assault on the German trench?
3. Describe the encounter that the narrator and Paradis have with the four German soldiers.
4. 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?
5. What is the nature and duty of Cpl. Bertrand's squad?
6. Where do the men go when the bombardment gets worse? What happens when they get there?
7. How does Paradis's mood change throughout Chapter 16?
8. What members of the squad are wounded, die, or are discovered dead after the assault on Hill 119?
9. How much do the men seem to know about different kinds of weapons and artillery?
10. How do the men feel about the things they carry?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the novel, and in particular in the chapter "Bombardment," it is shown that the men have an intimate knowledge of artillery weapons used by both sides. Although these weapons seem to intercede only occasionally, their effect is devastating and seemingly random. The men have a strange mixture of admiration, respect, and fear of these weapons, mixed in with a strange kind of superstition developed over the course of many months spent trying to avoid death at the hands of these random killers.
Part 1) Using information from the book, discuss some of the types of artillery employed by both sides. How effective and accurate are these weapons?
Part 2) Describe the level of knowledge that the soldiers seem to have of the various kinds of artillery employed against them. Explain some of their more rational beliefs and fears.
Part 3) Explain some of the soldiers more irrational beliefs and fears about the artillery. Speculate about why these almost superstitious fears and practices came into being.
Essay Topic 2
Despair is a constant threat in the novel. Many characters find unique ways to fight against despair and some are consumed by it. It is the source of strange behavior and adaptive strategies, and the cause of some seemingly suicidal actions.
Part 1) Explain the theme of despair as it occurs in the novel. How does this threat compare to other threats of trench life and warfare?
Part 2) Discuss some of the strategies some of the men develop to stave off despair. How well do these strategies fare. Explain examples of the men falling into complete despair.
Part 3) Using examples from the last chapters of the book, give a last analysis of the theme of despair. How much does it affect the men overall? How successful can they be, in the end, in fighting it off?
Essay Topic 3
Lamuse is a unique character with strange, but internally consistent behavior. He is eccentric, but extremely loyal to his squad. Among the many normal men the narrator describes being drawn into the war, Lamuse learns to adapt well and demonstrates his strong character at many points in the novel.
Part 1) Describe Lamuse as a character. Who is he? Where does he come from? What is his appearance? What are his personality traits?
Part 2) The narrator often uses comparisons to various animals to describe Lamuse. Cite some of these examples and explain their purpose. What do these comparisons establish about Lamuse?
Part 3) Explain some of Lamuse's eccentricities and odd behavior, as well as some ways that he demonstrates his loyalty and dedication to the squad.
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