2Chapter 7 and 8Do you remember any grotesque stories about other soldiers that Joe’s compares to his condition?What is the significance of the rat?What is basically left of Joe’s body?
3Chapter 9 Why does Joe feel his father is actually poor? What kind of relationship does Joe have with his father?How does Joe see his father?What is the significance of this story?
4Chapter 10 How does rhetoric play a role in this chapter? What “words” does Joe feel are not worth dying for? Know at least three.What concrete things might Joe be willing to die for?How important is life to Joe?
5Chapter 11 What is Joe’s obsession with time? Does he have a valid point in regards to time?Challenge yourself.How would you entertain yourself if you were in Joe’s condition?Why would it be important for Joe to capture time?
6Chapter 12 Why does Joe wish he is in an American hospital? What reasons does Joe give that Englishmen are strange? Think of the Scottish man and the Bavarians.Who is Lazarus? Why was he rightfully named so?Why does Joe think that he and “the boy” are brothers?