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A STEP BEYOND
TESTS AND ANSWERS
_____ 1. Remarque's principal purpose in the novel was to
A. present a vivid portrayal of the horrors of World War I
_____ 2. Paul and his friends were encouraged to enlist by
A. the editorials written by Heff Krauss
_____ 3. A symbolic action which points up the war's effect upon morality was
A. Muller's attempt to get the boots
_____ 4. In the process of training the young soldiers, Himmelstoss tried to
A. break their spirits
_____ 5. Katczinsky's great skill lay in his ability to
A. cut through red tape
_____ 6. The halfway existence of the soldiers between life and death is best illustrated by the scene in the
_____ 7. One of the terrible images of the battle scene is the
A. dying horses
_____ 8. The theme which is NOT developed in this novel is that war
A. is inevitable
_____ 9. The several references to butterflies in the novel
A. provide a contrast to the horrors of war
_____ 10. Paul shows compassion for Kemmerich's mother by
A. sending her an optimistic letter in her son's name
11. All Quiet is sometimes said to be lacking plot and characterization. Is this true? If so, does it harm the novel?
12. In wartime, society seems to suspend the Ten Commandments for soldiers. Explain this idea and use examples from the novel to support your points.
13. All through the war, Paul and his friends seem obsessed with food, comfort, and physical things. Give several examples involving food and comfort and explain how these examples provide an indication of how the war is progressing.
14. Explain the meaning of this statement: "Chance rules a soldier's life at the front." Give examples which support your explanation.
15. Explain why Paul objects to his and his friends' being called "Iron Youth."