Study Guide Question 3 - 4
1. For what does Katzcinsky have a reputation?
He has a reputation for having a six sense
2. How does Kropp think wars should be fought?
The leaders of each country battle it out in a ring with clubs and the last one standing wins
3. What were Himmelstoss's drill exercises?
Running and jumping in mud and “change in Lohne”
4. What had been Himmelstoss's profession before the war?
5. What does Kropp say happens to little men like Himmelstoss when they get stars or stripes?
Kropp said “As sure as they get a stripe or a star they become different men, just as though they’d swallowed
6. What reason does Kropp give for officers' making drill exercises so difficult?
Kropp says that the difficult drills the officers give are to strengthen the bonds of the soldiers.
1. What is the importance of the "earth to a soldier?"
The earth is like a caring mother, a solider will dig his body into her soil and she protects the soldiers from shell-fire.
2. What influence does the front have on soldiers?
Paul says “To me the front is a mysterious whirlpool. Though I am in still water far away from its centre, I feel
the whirl of the vortex sucking me slowly, irresistibly, inescapably into itself.”
3. What two situations in battle serve a comic relief from the grim battle being waged?
The “fireworks” and the young solider who soiled himself during combat
4. What does the death of the horses represent?
The deaths of the horses represent the soldiers fighting along side with them
5. What does the graveyard scene say about the value of human life?
The graveyard scene shows the irony of human life because the coffins were meant for the dead but the troops crawl inside
for cover from death.
6. Why is this such an important chapter in the novel?
It was the first time Paul and Kat had to kill their own comrade so he wouldn’t suffer the agonizing pain in the future