Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
This novel is alleged to be semi auto-biographical, and there are strong hints that the narrator of the story is the author. Still, little is revealed about the narrator, although it is clear that he is not like the other men of the squad.
Part 1) Describe as many details about the narrator as possible. What are his personality traits? What is his background and history?
Part 2) Explain what sets the narrator apart from the other men of the squad. How is he different in speech, action, and thought? What does this say about his character?
Part 3) What evidence exists to suggest that the author and narrator are the same person? Is there any evidence to the contrary? What is the author's intent in this regard?
Part 4) Describe the literary intent of suggesting, but never confirming, that the narrator is the author.
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.
The brutality and deprivation of life in the trenches is a near-constant throughout the squad's travels and experiences. Although many men of the squad grumble and complain about their conditions, others develop a philosophical outlook and accept their state for as long as they must. This struggle to deal with the seemingly unbearable conditions in the trenches is a constant psychological challenge for the men of the squad, alleviated occasionally by leave and quartering in villages.
Part 1) Describe some of the hardships faced by the men when living in the trenches. How healthy and sanitary are the conditions? How much protection do the men have from weather or from sudden enemy attack? How comfortably are they able to eat, live, and sleep?
Part 2) Explain some of the ways that the men deal with their situation in the trenches. What luxuries and activities are considered welcome diversions? Explain examples discussed in the book of the men acting to make their situation physically more pleasant. Discuss psychological adaptations that the men make to better deal with their surroundings.
Part 3) How do the men react to the occasional respite from trench life? What luxuries of normal life do they relish? How do the men make the most of their leaves and opportunities to escape from the trenches?
This section contains 1,161 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)