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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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?

Essay 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

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?

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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