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All Quiet on the Western Front Ch. 4-5 Quiz

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  • Q1
    How does the use of the following metaphor help develop the setting? "To me, the front is a mysterious whirlpool. Though I am in still water far away from its center, I feel the whirl of the vortex sucking me slowly, irresistibly, inescapably into itself."
    It highlights his need to push the other soldiers into the dangers of the front in order to save himself.
    It emphasizes the disastrous weather conditions that the soldiers are met with at the front
    It shows the reader how narrator has come to feel security and comfort at the front
    It reveals how the constant sounds of bombs and bombardments makes the soldiers feel like they are constantly being drawn into the war.
  • Q2
    How does Detering's cultural background influence his reaction to the screams of the horses?
    He reveals his fear of the horses as he is constantly tormented by their screams
    As a foreigner, he is appalled at the fact that horses are being used in war
    He wants to kill the horses so that they can be removed and he can reach the soldiers
    As a farmer, he cares more about the suffering of the horses than the other soldiers
  • Q3
    What is one possible reason that Paul (the narrator) and Kat have to hide under the coffins?
    They are ambushed and attacked and must take cover in the graveyard
    The men were using the coffins as temporary beds when the battle broke out
    They planned their attack in the graveyard so that they can be hidden from the enemy
    They have forgotten their gas masks and use the coffins to protect themselves
  • Q4
    What does Paul and Kat's debate about killing the young soldier reveal about their character?
    Despite the horrors of war, they still have compassion for their fellow soldiers
    Their desire for revenge has become stronger than their concern for others
    They have become so dehumanized that they no longer have any respect for life
    They know that they must complete horrific actions in order to save themselves
  • Q5
    How does the author introduce additional depth to the conflict between Himmelstoss and Tjaden?
    Himmelstoss is wounded on the battlefield and Tjaden must save him
    Himmelstoss looks for ways to redeem himself for his past actions towards Tjaden
    Tjaden stands up to Himmelstoss and refuses to follow his orders
    Tjaden is given a harsh punishment for his disrespectful language towards Himmelstoss
  • Q6
    What is the effect of the figurative language in the following passage? "Two years of shells and bombs--a man won't peel that off as easy as a sock"
    It gives the reader a reason for the nightmares that Paul keeps experiencing each night
    It shows Paul's concern about the physical effects the gas attacks will have on the soldiers
    It summarizes the fears the soldiers have about their ability to re-enter the world after the war
    It helps contrast the mindset of Kat to the other soldiers
  • Q7
    What is the significance of the description of Paul and Kat's feast?
    It shows the reader the positive sides of war
    It shows how important it is to enjoy the small moments of joy that come in a bad situation
    It helps the reader understand the physical toll the harsh conditions had on the soldiers
    It reveals how war serves to build lasting bonds and friendship among soldiers who are forced to fight together

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