The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel Test | 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. What does Pavlo do when Tower tells him not to ask questions like his first?

2. What is Pierce doing when Pavlo first meets him?

3. When the trainees are called to formation by the second whistle blow of the play , what does Pavlo do while Pierce prepares to go?

4. What is the general response of the trainees to Hinkle's discovery about Pavlo's being in bed for too long?

5. Where do the Corporal and Pavlo meet for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Pavlo's unnecessary killing of the elderly Vietnamese man included in Act 2, Part 4? Extrapolate the significance of including this moment in this scene.

2. What can the audience understand about Pavlo's mentality in Act 2, Part 4 when Pavlo shouts back to Ardell after being wounded that they can "hurt him as many times as they want?"

3. Explain how Tower's instructions on chest wounds can be directly related to Pavlo's emotional wounds.

4. Identify two juxtaposed aspects to Pavlo's character, and explain how they affect his identity.

5. What may be the significance or playwright's purpose for Pavlo realizing he's dead so far along into the play and after the climax?

6. How does Pavlo's answer Kress regarding stealing and how does this provide an insight into Pavlo's egocentric nature?

7. Using the fragmentary nature of the plot line thus far as a platform, describe the impression it has on the way by which the audience will begin to learn about the main character.

8. What key moments in Act 1, Part 4 drive the momentum and energy of the plot forward, and what feeling does that have the potential to create in the audience?

9. How can an implication of mixing Christ with war be understood, considering Brisbey's reference of Christ being "nailed?"

10. Explore the reasons why Pavlo might be desperate for a new identity.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The argument could be made that Pavlo's willful and continuous acts of denial spring from a classic tragic flaw. In the same way as classical characters of potential greatness like Oedipus, Hamlet, or Macbeth are brought to destruction by flaws of character (pride, indecision, or ambition), Pavlo is conceivably a character of potential greatness deeply flawed by self-delusion. The counter to this argument is that we never actually see Pavlo's greatness, not even a glimpse of it. In fact, from the beginning, he is portrayed as both loser and lost, defining his identity through the actions and example of other people. Does this make him any less tragic, or does his death portray him as the definitive victim? Choose a side to argue and consistently refer to examples from the book to back up your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the line between delusion and reality in Pavlo's mind becomes increasingly blurred as the action of Act 2, Part 4 unfolds and what implications this has for the audience's possible hopes for Pavlo's survival or at the very least the hope for an acceptable demise. Cite at least 4 examples of moments where Pavlo reacts in accordance to delusion rather than in accordance with reality-based logic.

Essay Topic 3

In terms of Pavlo's innocence about people, again we see in this scene that his he does have compassion for his fellow soldiers. However, his methods of going about connecting with his fellow soldiers don't have anything to do with who they are. It's all about what he, Pavlo, feels and believes. His attitude is centered in the common enough desire to be liked and respected and above all seen as an individual with value. This is connected to his desire for an identity. If he's seen, for example, as someone with a colorful family or a colorful history, that defines him and gives him an identity. Explain by citing examples from the play how Pavlo's ego-centrism gets in the way of all of his goals and desires to become the man he wants to become.

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