All Quiet on The Western Front
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1. What is the setting of the story?
• The setting is during the First World War, in Germany. These boys are enlisted in the German army and Paul is retelling his experiences at war.
2. What does Paul say about men like Kantorek?
• He says that "the unhappiness of the world is often brought upon by small men."
3. What did the first bombardment and the first killing do to Paul's faith in the adult world?
• Paul's faith in the adult world was diminished and killed when the first bombardment and killing occurred.
4. Is this story necessarily just about Germans?
• No, it is about mankind in general and its problems as a whole.
5. What is the mood or atmosphere of the story?
• The mood is glum and straightforward with no contortions of the truth. The setting is war, so it is obliviously bleak.
6. What is one theme of the story so far?
• So far it shows that these people fighting are boys and have their whole lives ahead of them.
7. What does the theft of Kemmerich's watch represent?
• This represents that the boys no longer have any time, and it foreshadows their death.
1. Why does Paul's generation feel that it is a wasteland?
• It feels that way because it no longer has any faith in humanity. It has seen the worst of mankind and has been changed forever
2. What kind of person is Himmlestoss?
• Himmlestoss is a man who had no power, and now abuses the little power given to him.
3. What have been two important results of Paul's military training?
He has learned many new skills and lessons in military training.
4. What is the significance of Kemmerich's death scene?
• It is significant in that it sets the mood for the rest of the novel. The fragility of the lives of the soldiers is shown through this scene. Another important aspect is that Muller is more concerned about who will get Kemmerich's boots rather than his death.
5. What is the irony in the comment, "We are the Iron youth?"
• The irony is that they consider themselves adults because of their experiences rather than youths.
6. What kind of character is Paul?
• Paul is the main character, and has matured at a very young age. He is bitter because he was forced to mature for his safety, and has been deeply affected by the brutality of the war.
1. For what does Katzcinsky have a reputation?
He can find food anywhere.
2. How does Kropp think wars should be fought?
• He thinks it should be fought by the generals of the two countries at war. He also believes that it should be like a popular festival.
3. What were Himmelstoss's drill exercises?
• One of his drill exercises was called "change at lohne." This was where the men would quickly scramble under their beds and over to the other side.
4. What had been Himmelstoss's profession before the war?
• He was a postman.
5. What does Kropp say happens to little men like Himmelstoss when they get stars or stripes?
• He says that they change into different men; they think that they are so much better than everyone else and abuse their powers.
6. What reason does Kropp give for officers' making drill exercises so difficult?
• He says that it creates camaraderie.
1. What is the importance of the "earth to a soldier?"
• The earth protects the soldiers from bombardments and it is a form of stability. It also serves as their grave.
2. What influence does the front have on soldiers?
• The front changes the soldiers in that it lowers their spirits and steals them of their innocence.
3. What two situations in battle serve a comic relief from the grim battle being waged?
• The comic relief is when the soldier poops in his pants and the firework show are comic relief.
4. What does the death of the horses represent?
• The deaths of the horses represent all the collateral damage caused by the war, all of the innocent lives taken, those who chose to be there and those who had none.
5. What does the graveyard scene say about the value of human life?
• This scene shows that the value of a human life is like a speck of dust, and the only thing that they are good for is to protect Paul from the bombardment.
6. Why is chp 6 an important chapter in the novel?
• This is an important scene in the novel because it is the first real encounter the reader gets of the actual war, and its brutality.
1. How does the first sentence tell us that the mood of the chapter will be very different than that of the previous chapter?
• The first sentence shows that this chapter will be different than the rest because it begins with the image of the men killing lice off of themselves, rather than a war scene as before. The tone is more relaxed.
2. What do the following plan to do after the war is over?
a. Kropp: believes that they will not be
able to live a normal life because of the war
b. Detering: wants to return to his farm
c. Haie: wants to stay as a
noncommissioned officer rather than go and dig peat
3. What does Muller try to make them realize about their goals?
• He makes them rethink their goals. He believes that they are too weak and futile compared to the hardships they are enduring to protect their dreams.
4. Why does Kropp feel that "The war has ruined us for everything?"
• He says this because in looking at their futures, they are going to be disappointed in their lives when they leave the war. They would have fought so hard and long for a boring job or schoolwork.
5. How does Paul explain his close relationship with Kat?
• He says that it is a mutual understanding and that no words are needed to explain their relationship because they understand each other.
1. How does the first paragraph of this chapter indicate that the mood of this chapter will be different than the previous one?
• The tone is once again warlike and they have entered the front once again.
2. The front was referred to as a whirlpool. What does Paul call it now?
• He calls it a trap because there is no escaping it, once you are caught you cannot leave. They will keep returning to the front until they die, or the war is over.
3. Why is the word "Chance" capitalized in chp 6?
• It is capitalized because chance is the most important aspect of a soldier's life. It is chance that a bullet hits a man in the exact right spot to kill him, or not to kill him. It is also chance that you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
4. What does the incident about rats say about how man compares to the animals?
• They are both crafty, yet the men believe themselves to be superior. The rats are sly where as the men are brutal and use force.
5. How do new recruits react to their first combat?
• They become very frightened and some go insane.
6. Paul longs for his youth, but what does he realize about it?
• He realizes that the vigor which he once lived his life, and that is associated with a youthful life has now escaped him, and no longer exists for him. The war has forced him to mature much quicker than he was supposed to, and his life has been stolen.
1. Baumer says the men become animals at the front. What do they become when they rest?
• They become old men.
2. What is Paul's attitude about those who die?
• He is indifferent in a way because he knows that where ever they are they are somewhere better than the front.
3. Why do the men make jokes?
• They make jokes to escape from the horrors of the war.
4. How does Paul feel when he first enters his home? When he talks to his mother?
• He feels out of place and uncomfortable at home. When he talks to his mom he covers the true destruction and horrors of the war.
5. How do his father's and mother's attitudes toward his fighting differ?
• His mother is more understanding of Paul's situation where as his father is very excited about the war and wants to hear all of the occurrences.
6. What does his room represent to Paul?
• It represents his past, and his better life. The person he once was.
7. Who is Boettcher? Who was he?
• He was the school porter
8. What does Paul tell Kemmerich's mother?
That he died like painlessly.
Did he die a painless death? No
9. Why is he willing to swear a lie?
• Because he knows the pain that he is preventing the woman.
10. Why does Paul regret having been on leave?
• Because now he feels like he doesn't belong and won't want to come home
1. What description in this chapter proves to Paul that he is no longer indifferent, but that he is sensitive?
• He describes everything about the Russians, like their appearance and food.
2. Are the descriptions of the Russian prisoners sympathetic or unsympathetic?
• It is sympathetic because he realizes that they are just like him and do not want to be there and it is ruining their life as well.
3. according to Paul, how do the Russians seem different from the Germans?
• They seem to care about one another and are more "brotherly"
4. According to Paul what has made these "silent figures" his enemies and what could make them his friends?
• A command is the only thing that distinguishes it.
1. What has changed about his regiment when Paul returns?
• Everyone is cleaning everything because they think that they are going to Russia, but really the Keiser is coming
2. Why is Paul disappointed in the Kaiser?
• Because he imagined him more powerful looking
3. What do the men conclude about the causes of war?
• That nobody wanted war, it was just that everyone agreed on it
4. What happens to Paul as he is out on patrol?
• He becomes separated and trapped in no man's land
5. What thoughts does he have as he lies in the "bowl?"
• He thinks of his mother's words and her warning, the Russians in the prison. The muzzle of rifles, and a cinema in Valenciennes.
6. How does Paul react differently to this killing than to the others?
• He takes it more personally.
7. What contrast does the author draw at the end of the chapter when Paul returns to his lines?
• The contrast between the killing of Kropp and Kat.
1. What assignment are Paul and his comrades given?
• He is told that he must defend a dump next to a school.
2. What criticisms are made of the war-time medical practices?
• That the doctors are too rough and there was lots of malpractice.
3. Why does Paul say the war is a glorious time for surgeons?
• Because there are so many dead and injured they must get paid a lot. They also don't have to experience any of the pain, they simply treat it.
4. How does the hospital show "what war is?"
• there you see the real effects of the war
5. To what is a soldier's knowledge of life limited?
• They lose all other knowledge and all they previously learned.
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