All Quiet on the Western Front

Chapter 1 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  Which of Paul’s comrades were his friends before the war?

2.                  How does Katzinsky differ from the other men in his dealings with Ginger the cook?

3.                  What good has come of the heavy casualties listed at the beginning of the chapter?

4.                  In what way did the schoolmaster Kantorek contribute to the death of Joseph Behm?

5.                  Why does Muller want Kemmerich’s boots?

6.                  Why does Paul dread seeing Kemmerich’s mother again?

Chapter 2 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  What evidence do we have that Paul is interested in writing?

2.                  How does Paul react to the death of Kemmerich?

3.                  How were Paul and his friends changed by their army training?

4.                  Why does Himmelstoss especially dislike Paul and his friends?

5.                  Describe Corporal Himmelstoss.  Can you remember a character like him in any movies or TV shows how have seen?

6.                  What do you think Paul means when he says “We know only that in some strange and melancholy way we have become a waste land”?

Chapter 3 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  How do Paul and his friends react to the reinforcements?  What does Kat do to show them the ropes?

2.                  What is Kat’s role in the group?

3.                   “You take it from me, we are losing the war because we can salute too well.”  Explain.

4.                  How does Kropp propose to end the war?

5.                  How does Kat explain Himmelstoss’s bullying?

6.                  Why does Tjaden hate Himmelstoss so much?

Chapter 4 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  What does Paul mean when he says “To no man does the earth mean as much as to the soldier”?

2.                  How does Paul account for his survival through the bombardment?

3.                  What task are Paul and his friends performing?  How does this fit with what you already know about WWI?

4.                  What does Paul do to help the young fair-headed recruit?  How does the recruit react to the bombardment?

5.                  Why is Detering so upset by the suffering of the horses?

6.                  What does Kat want to do for the wounded recruit?  Why?


Chapter Five Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  Why has Himmelstoss been sent to the front?

2.                  Why do you think the men talk about what they will do when the war is over?

3.                  Why does Himmelstoss report Tjaden?

4.                  Why can’t Paul think of anything to do when the war is over?

5.                  What does Albert mean when he says “The war has ruined us for everything”?

6.                  What is Tjaden’s punishment?

Chapter 6 Study Questions– All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  What do the men joke about on the way to the front?  Why do you think they joke about something so morbid?(p.99-100)

2.                  Why do shots keep landing in the dug-out?  What does this say about the German army?  Why do you think the men are in low spirits about this?(p.100)

3.                  What does Paul say about Chance?  What example does he give?  Do you agree or disagree with him? (p.101)

4.                  How do Paul and Kat get the claustrophobic recruit to calm down?  Why does Paul say it is too much for the young recruits to be in this battle? (p.109-110)

5.                  What does Paul wonder as he stands sentry in the church graveyard?  Why do you think he wonders this?

6.                  What does Paul say about memories, and why they seem so distant?

7.                  What happens to the recruits in a gas attack?  Why do you think this happened?

8.                  Where does Paul find Himmelstoss?

9.                  What skills do Paul and the other veterans teach the recruits?

10.              What happens to Haie?

11.              Why do you think he describes the soldiers’ wounds in such detail?

Chapter 7 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  How has Himmelstoss changed?  What is Paul’s reaction to this change?  How does Tjaden react? (p.137-8)

2.                  What does Paul say about his reaction to terror?  (p.138-9) Do you think this is the right reaction to the death of his friends and the horrors he faces?  How would you react in the same situation?

3.                  What is the soldiers’ reaction to the girl on the movie house poster?  How does looking at the poster make them see themselves?  Where do Kropp and Paul decide to go, and why?(p.141-3)

4.                  What is Paul’s first reaction to being home?  Why do you think he reacts this way? (p. 157-8)

5.                  Why has Paul’s mother had to save food?  Compare this to the soldiers’ situation at the front. (p.160-1)

6.                  Why does Paul lie to his mother?  How does this help him?  Why does she stay in bed? (p.161-2)

7.                  What happens when Paul meets a Major on the street?  Why does this make him angry? (p.162-3)

8.                  Why doesn’t Paul want to discuss the war with his father? (p.165)

9.                  How do Paul’s perceptions of the war differ from those of the German-Master and his companions?

10.              How does Paul say leave is different than it was the year before? (p.168)

11.              What was Paul’s relationship with books before the war?  How does he feel about them now? (p.168-173)

12.              What has happened to Kantorek , Paul’s old schoolteacher?  What does Mittelstaedt tell Paul about the confrontation he had with Kantorek?  How does Paul react to seeing Kantorek? (p.173-9)

13.              What is Kemmerich’s mother’s reaction to her son’s death?  Why does Paul lie to her?  What does he swear to her? (p.180-2)

Chapter 8 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  How long does Paul spend in re-training?  Contrast the camp on the moors with the front.

2.                  Describe the Russian POW camp.  What is the condition of the prisoners?  How does Paul describe them?

3.                  How do the peasants tease the prisoners?  Why do you think they do so?

4.                  How does Paul feel about the Russian prisoners?  Why is he confused about his feelings for them?

5.         Who comes to visit Paul at the camp?  What news do they bring?

Chapter 9 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  Why do you think Paul gives his friends the fresh cakes and keeps the moldy ones for himself?  What does this tell you about his character?

2.                  How does the Kaiser differ from Paul’s expectations?  What does Tjaden say about him?

3.                  Do you think it is necessary for soldiers to respect their commander-in-chief?  Is it necessary that they believe in the cause they’re fighting for?  Why or why not?

4.                  What do the soldiers say about the causes of the war they are involved in?  Who do they think is in the right?  Why do you think the soldiers are so apathetic?

5.                  What does Paul blame his fear on? (110-12)  Do you believe him?  Why or why not?

6.                  What does Paul do to the man that jumps in his shell-hole?  How does he try to help him?  Why does he decide to help him?  Why does Paul feel guilty about the man’s death?

7.                  What do Kat and Albert show Paul to ease his guilt?  Why do you think this helps Paul to feel less guilty?

Chapter 10 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  Why is Paul’s new assignment such a good job?

2.                  How does Paul describe the people being evacuated from their village?  Why do you think they look this way?

3.                  How are Paul and Albert wounded?  Who has the most serious wounds?

4.                  What does Paul do to make sure he stays with Albert?

5.                  What happens to Albert?  How does he react?  How would you react in the same situation?

6.                  Explain what Paul means when he says “a hospital alone shows what war is.”

7.                  Who is Lewandowski?  How long has it been since he last saw his wife?  What arrangements do the men make to help him?

8.                  How has Albert’s reaction to losing his leg changed?  How would you react to the same situation?

9.                  Where does Paul go after leaving the hospital?  Why does he say leaving for the front is worse this time?

10.              Why do you think Paul condenses the events of several days, weeks, or even months into a few paragraphs at the end of this chapter?

Chapter 11 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  What is Kat’s argument for eating lightly during an enemy attack?

2.                  What triggers Detering’s attempt to desert?

3.                  What happens to Müller?  What do you think will happen to Paul now that he has Kemmerich’s boots?

4.                  Why does Paul think the Germans are losing the war?

5.                  Explain Paul’s comparison between the soldiers and the Bushmen.

6.                  Why does Kat groan “at last – just at the last” when he is wounded?

7.                  Why does Paul condense so much time in this chapter?

Chapter 12 Study Questions – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

1.                  What does Paul say will happen if he returns home?  How is this different than if he had returned home earlier?

2.                  Why does Paul say his generation will be misunderstood?

3.                  Why do you think Paul stands up?

4.         What is significant about the day that Paul dies?  Why is this ironic?