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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. According to Cocon, how many divisions comprise a corps?

2. Why was the veteran executed just prior to the events of Chapter 10?

3. On their final day of leisure, what do the men hope for?

4. Who is sent with the narrator to find the missing Volpatte and Fouillade?

5. Cpl. Marchal serves with what military units?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Volpatte's opinion of the phrase, "If we do return"?

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

5. What does the narrator overhear the Legionnaires talking about? What are they planning, and why?

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

7. How do the civilian's perceptions of the war differ from the soldier's experiences?

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

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

10. According to the author, what is important about the men writing letters home?

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

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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