Chapter 1 Questions. Why do the men have a double ration of food? When they were at the front they were ‘taken by surprise by long-range shelling…’ (p2) and 70 men were killed. What is symbolic about Leer’s name?
What attitudes about war are held by the ‘poor and simple’ vs. those who were ‘better off’?
What is Muller’s plan for Kemmerich’s boots? Do you think this is cruel?
What does the theft of Kemmerich’s watch tell us about the moral decay fostered by war?
Although the novel is told from the German point-of-view, what universal view does it offer of war?