All Quiet on the Western Front
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What is the narrator's name and age?
"Pushing up daises" is a euphemism for death.
"As fat as a hamster in winter" is an example of (a) ___________________.
What's a non-com? A non-com is a non-commissioned officer. Non-coms enlist in the military and then work their way up in rank.
Despite the wartime conditions, the author uses vivid, positive imagery here. (This annotation contains a video)
Despite resisting at first, why did Joseph Behm eventually allow himself to be drafted?
Carbolic is a strong, antiseptic soap. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Kemmerich have no use for his leather boots?
Morphine is a powerful pain reliever that is usually given by injection. (This annotation contains an image)
Examine the statement in light of how the war impacts the characters: "Iron Youth! Youth! We are none of us more than twenty years old. But young? Youth? That is long ago. We are old folk."
Arthur Schopenhauer is a German philosopher who wrote about aesthetics and ethics. (This annotation contains an image)
What kind of leader is Corporal Himmelstoss?
Here's an image of a World War I soldier holding a bayonet. (This annotation contains an image)
From the French, esprit de corps means "feelings of loyalty, enthusiasm, and devotion to a group among people who are members of the group." Why does the narrator call this "by far the most important result" of their training?
Here's a video showing a "giant's turn" (This annotation contains a video)
In these lines, the narrator is able to capture the cruelty of dying young. Think of another novel, play, short story, poem, or song that discusses dying young. Write a short paragraph explaining the connection between that work and these lines.
Saveloy is a highly seasoned type of sausage. (This annotation contains an image)
What statement best matches, "Sharp eyes and light fingers! That's what the Prussians say"?
A "sixth sense" is associated with psychic powers. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Kat's special talent?
Have you ever seen a bull fight? Bull fights have different phases in which the event increases in intensity. This short video shows the start of a bull fight when the matador tests the bull's speed and personality. (This annotation contains a video)
Here's a map showing the location of Lohne, a small village at the time. (This annotation contains an image)
What statement best summarizes what happens when you give a man authority?
This novel uses a lot of war terminology such as garrison, depot, and barracks. This link provides a rich glossary of other terms from World War I. Launch it and bookmark it on your computer for your reference as you read. (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Haie think it is ok to physically abuse Himmelstoss?
Have you ever heard the precepts "What goes around, comes around" or "Revenge is a dish best served cold"? Think about those ideas in terms of Haie's statement on this page.
A lorry is a light truck with an open bed. A German lorry from the World War I era is pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
The Feast of the Tabernacles (also called Sukkot) is a Jewish feast. (This annotation contains a link)
Which line below is an example of personification?
Describe the physical and mental impact of the close combat on the soldiers. How do you think you would hold up?
Many effective sounds devices that are commonly used in poetry such as alliteration, consonance, and assonance are employed in the first two paragraphs on this page. Read the line "The searchlights begin to sweep the dark sky. They slide along it like gigantic tapering rulers" and consider how the sound devices bring life to this page.
Why do the soldiers want to shoot the horses?
Here's a diagram of a foxhole large enough for two soldiers. (This annotation contains an image)
Note the imagery in the line "a big, soft jellyfish it floats into our shell-hole and lolls there obscenely." (This annotation contains an image)
Why are the coffins around?
As defined by the Purdue University OWL lab, parallel structure is "using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. This can happen at the word, phrase, or clause level." On this page, which lines demonstrate the use of parallel structure?
Lice (plural: louse) are very hard to get rid of once they attach to a person's hair or skin. (This annotation contains an image)
The soldiers spend a lot of time thinking about the end of the fighting. What are their ideas of what to do once the war is over?
In terms of fluid units of measurement, a dram is 1/8 of an ounce.
When it isn't war time, what is Detering's other job?
Why does Tjaden stand up to Himmelstoss?
The former schoolmates have a good time going over former material from their classes. The Poetic League of Gottingen was a very interesting literary group who loved nature writings. (This annotation contains a link)
Explain the difference between school and real world knowledge.
According to Albert, "The war has ruined us for everything." This theme is being built in various ways in the first five chapters. (This annotation contains a video)
Use the Define feature to learn the meaning of insubordination. Which word listed below would be the best replacement in this sentence?
Skat is a complicated German card game. This link provides an overview of the rules. (This annotation contains a link)
"Sleep soft under shell-fire" is an interesting phrase. Why do you think they chose this inscription?
Think of another story in which young people are bonded together due to adversity. Briefly summarize the characters and the situation which brings them together.
Explain the various reactions of seeing the coffins.
Chance is being personified here. Watch the video below to learn more about personification and watch for examples as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
The author includes vivid details to portray the brutality of hand to hand combat. How are the bayonets part of the violence?
What happens to the recruit?
Here's an image of sulphur fumes. (This annotation contains an image)
This image shows several World War I grenades. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the author use an extended metaphor to compare the soliders to automatons?
Consider how this scene would be different if told from another point of view. Choose a point of view and write 2-3 sentences from that perspective.
The Stations of the Cross are an Easter season ritual performed by members of the Catholic Church. (This annotation contains an image)
Evaluate this quote: "We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial -- I believe we are lost."
"By Jove" is an interesting expression. Jove refers to the mythological god Jupiter. (This annotation contains an image)
No Man's Land is the area of ground between the two opposing armies. In WWI this area usually contained trenches. (This annotation contains a link)
What are some of the reasons that the recruits die?
These WWI gas shells have some interesting shapes and sizes. (This annotation contains an image)
What does it mean to get relieved?
How does the narrator define habit?
Quixotic, an adjective inspired by an offbeat literary character named Don Quixote, means "exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical."
Why do you think the poster had such a big impact on them?
Poplars are tall, somewhat skinny trees that are usually planted in rows. (This annotation contains an image)
What do they do to Tjaden?
Have you ever used Google Translate to determine the meaning of a foreign language phrase? Try it now to look up "La guerre - grand malheur - pauvres garcons." (This annotation contains a link)
The narrator has previously visited a soldier's brother but this one is different. What difference does he note?
Why is the canteen a refuge for the soldiers?
This is a beautiful image of the mountain range being described. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the narrator refuse a drink from the Red Cross worker?
Whortleberries are also called lingonberries or lowbush cranberries. (This annotation contains a link)
What does the narrator mean when he says, "There is a distance, a veil between us"?
A candidate for confirmation is a young man or woman who is reaching adult status in the Catholic Church. This link has a photo from the early 1900s of youngsters in their confirmation clothes and provides a short summary of the sacrament. (This annotation contains a link)
What statement best explains the narrator's mixed emotions about being back home?
The Iron Cross was used as the symbol of the German Army from 1871 to 1918, when it was replaced by the bar cross. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think the narrator feels obligated to see Kemmerich's mother?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, impacts many soldiers. This short video explains this mental health issue. (This annotation contains a link)
The phrase "called up as a territorial" means that he has been selected for a home-based unit similar to the National Guard.
Why does Mittelstaedt take great pleasure in teasing Kantorek?
This ration card was for German soldiers in World War I. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the narrator lie about how Kemmerich died?
Summarize the exchange between mother and son. What does the conversation reveal about their relationship?
Dynamic characters change in significant and interesting ways throughout a work of literature. This brief video contrasts them with static characters. (This annotation contains a video)
According to the Mayo Clinic, dysentery is "an infection of the intestines that causes diarrhea containing blood or mucus."
What possessions do the Russian prisoners have?
This short clip, from an intenese fighting scene in the novel, helps to highlight the dehumanization of war. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Paul's father hesitant to ask about the cost of the operation?
Red Indian refers to code talkers who were used in certain fronts during the war. (This annotation contains an image)
The Kaiser mentioned is Kaiser Wilhelm II. This link provides some very interesting photos and timeline details. (This annotation contains a link)
What literary term is used when Muller refers to the State?
A World War I trench mortar is shown in this image. (This annotation contains an image)
What might explain the narrator's feeling like he can't move?
Why are the words of Paul's comrades so comforting?
Why does the narrator stab the other man?
This movie scene brings to the screen the sad process of a person's final breaths. (This annotation contains a video)
The narrator says, "I will write to your wife." Why does he have this realization after the man dies?
A parapet is a raised part of a wall or roof. Here's an image of a church with decorative parapets. (This annotation contains an image)
Evaluate his statement: "After all, war is war." After you evaluate the statement, compare the theme of this novel to a theme of another novel, play, short story, or poem about war that you have read.
Use the Define feature to learn the meaning of idyll. What is the best replacement for idyll in this sentence?
Here's an image of soldiers communicating during World War I. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think the soldiers took the bed and armchairs?
Perambulator is a fancy word for baby carriage. (This annotation contains an image)
Why would chloroform be used in this situation?
Red cross nurses were very helpful on many fronts during World War I. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain the narrator's reaction to the clean stretcher and spotless nurse. How does his response show his shifted point of view?
Herbesthal was an important city for the Germans.
Why does he make the thermometer read high?
This link from the Atlantic Magazine depicts many images from the last several pages. Scroll through the images and find two that best match the text. (This annotation contains a link)
What is the Dead Room?
Having flat feet would sometimes exclude soldiers from active service. (This annotation contains an image)
Why can't the blind man eat with a knife?
Tetanus, especially coming from rusted items, was a big concern for soldiers. (This annotation contains a link)
Evaluate the theme presented in the quote: "A hospital alone shows what war is."
A mantilla is a type of head covering. (This annotation contains an image)
The narrator leaves his mother and Albert Kropp on the same day. What is his reaction?
Read this famous poem about death and compare and contrast it with the handling of death in the novel. (This annotation contains a link)
How are the soldiers like bushmen?
Court-martial trials during World War I were taken very seriously with many soldiers being sentenced to death. This short link provides some interesting details about the process. (This annotation contains a link)
Evaluate the idea that "there is a very great deal of fraud, injustice, and baseness in the army."
This link provides a timeline for the summer of 1918. Choose two events which have the most significance to the text. (This annotation contains a link)
The vivid imagery paints a scene of destruction. Which of the following have the greatest significance in the text?
How is the narrator impacted by the death of Katczinsky?
An armistice marks the end of the formal fighting.
Evaluate why the narration shifts here at the novel's end.