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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 is unusual about the road that the narrator and Poterloo take to get to Souchez?
2. Which soldier besides Lamuse believes the Eudoxie is infatuated with him?
3. Why are the gentlemen of the depot jealous of Bourin the Parisian?
4. Why do the gentlemen of the depot take care to avoid Volpatte?
5. About how many deaths are predicted in the first chapter?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Lamuse and the narrator's opinions about aircraft?
2. What do the survivors of Bertrand's squad do while on leave?
3. What is meant by the phrase that each poilu "carries his crowd along"?
4. How do Blaire and the others blunder into German lines while searching for matches?
5. What members of the squad are wounded, die, or are discovered dead after the assault on Hill 119?
6. Where is Fouillade from, and what is his hometown like?
7. What does Volpatte do at the depot after recovering from his injuries?
8. How do the men first meet Eudoxie, and what is Lamuse doing when they do?
9. What do the men of the squad think about the shirkers?
10. In Chapter 15, how do the men react to the lack of supplies?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The scale of the war is important to many themes in the novel, and the men of the squad have opportunities to glimpse a portion of its full size. The strategic development of deep fronts that are hundreds of miles long necessitates huge armies, and the drive for advanced and numerically superior firepower requires volumes of weapons and material. The scale of the war makes it difficult for the men to fully understand, and it makes them uninformed pawns in a game far too large to be seen from ground-level.
Part 1) Cite examples from the book to explain how the author establishes the size and scale of the war.
Part 2) Discuss the impact of the scale of the war on the men of Bertrand's squad.
Part 3) Based on information in the book, and in particular the analysis of logical men like Cocon and Bertrand, speculate about the factors that contribute to the necessity of the large force sizes seen in the novel.
Essay Topic 2
The author makes it a point to center the narrative spotlight on a number of inexplicable or irrational actions on the part of the French army and its officers. The army does much that makes little sense, and this tends to reinforce the theme of hopeless and pointless waste.
Part 1) Describe some examples of actions on the part of the French army and its officers that seems to make little sense.
Part 2) Explain the reaction of the men of Bertrand's squad to this irrationality. Cite specific examples of these reactions and explain their significance.
Part 3) Speculate as to the reasoning behind some of these unexplained or mysterious actions. Could there be well-founded explanations for some of these behaviors? In the case of actions with no apparent explanation, speculate about how such an action became sanctioned and approved by the military.
Essay Topic 3
Trench warfare features heavily in the novel, and brutality of a frontal assault on a trench is shown in detail in the title chapter, "Under Fire."
Part 1) Based on information from the book, describe the basics of trench warfare. Why are trenches necessary? How is a trench defended and assaulted?
Part 2) Cite examples from the book to show how successful frontal assaults against trenches usually are. What dangers does an assaulting force face on their approach to the trench?
Part 3) Describe the overall effectiveness of this kind of warfare. Based on the events of the novel, does this kind of warfare appear decisive?
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