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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. Volpatte's compatriots oppose him when he criticizes what group?

2. According to Cocon, how many corps are present in the area of the railway depot?

3. Who is Eudoxie?

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

5. What is Tirloir's nickname?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the encounter that the narrator and Paradis have with the four German soldiers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the conditions in which the squad digs the trench in Chapter 23.

9. How do Volpatte and Fouillade get lost?

10. How do Blaire and the others blunder into German lines while searching for matches?

Essay Topics

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

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 3

Near the end of the novel, religious themes are discussed frequently and in a serious fashion. The narrator himself reveals little about his faith or lack thereof, but the things he experiences clearly cause him to begin thinking about such matters in more detail. The men at the refuge discuss this subject in great detail. Appropriately, they ask more questions than they answer.

Part 1) How are religious themes developed throughout the novel. Explain how these themes are first introduced, where they are discussed most thoroughly and how, if at all, they are resolved.

Part 2) Explain the narrator's personal progression in this regard, citing examples to show his changing state of mind and increasing interest in the subject. Citing information from the book, explain why these changes take place.

Part 2) Explain some of the opinions of the poilus and other soldiers about religion and God. Explain how these opinions are consonant with their experiences and other opinions expressed at other points in the novel.

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