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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. When the narrator and the other encounter Eudoxie, what is Lamuse doing?

2. Cpl. Bertrand is described as being which of the following?

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

4. Where do the events of the first chapter take place?

5. Chapter 7 begins with the squad waiting where as they prepare for redeployment?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much do the men seem to know about different kinds of weapons and artillery?

2. What do the soldiers think about people touting the fine and admirable side of war?

3. During his six-day leave, how much time is Eudore able to share with his wife?

4. Where is Fouillade from, and what is his hometown like?

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

6. What are the men's hopes and fears as their last day of leave approaches?

7. What is meant by the phrase that each poilu "carries his crowd along"?

8. In Chapter 15, how do the men react to the lack of supplies?

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

10. What members of the squad are wounded, die, or are discovered dead after the assault on Hill 119?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are only a handful of times in the novel that the French and German soldiers come into peaceful contact, but these events are remarkable during war, and they stand out in the novel.

Part 1) Describe at least two scenes in the novel when French and German soldiers come into contact with one another without attempting to kill one another. Explain why the peaceful contact occurs.

Part 2) What do the French and German soldiers discuss when they are in contact? Are they still enemies? Why or or why not?

Part 3) Explain some of the themes of the novel elucidated by this type of contact.

Essay Topic 2

Eudoxie is a major character, although her time in the story is brief. She affects many characters and their interactions with her illuminate many details about these individuals.

Part 1) Who is Eudoxie? Where does she come from? What is unusual about her? Why is she frequently seen in seemingly dangerous areas near the front?

Part 2) Describe the effects that Eudoxie has on some of the men of the squad.

Part 3) Explain Eudoxie's purpose as a character. What does she represent, and what themes does her character relate to or affect?

Essay Topic 3

The author demonstrates that in the war, life is cheap. Soldiers on both sides die for mundane reasons with no clear gain. The poilus of Bertrand's squad and others show that the deaths of strangers mean little to them, and the death of friends is common and unremarkable, though sad.

Part 1) Cite and explain examples from the book to show how the author establishes the poilus' attitude towards death..

Part 2) Discuss the theme of the cheapness of life. What are some of the smallest and most meaningless reasons that soldiers die in the novel? How do the soldiers react to these events?

Part 3) Do the men of Cpl. Bertrand's squad seem aware of the cheapness of their own lives? How do they deal with the nearly constant threat of death, and the knowledge that death may mean nothing?

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