Themes in Slaughterhouse Five


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Which commonly held human belief did Tralfamadorians not share?

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1. Which character in Slaughterhouse Five glorifies the war, demonstrating the anti-war theme?

2. Why are the Tralfamadorians unaffected by death?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Author Kurt Vonnegut explores many themes throughout Slaughterhouse Five. You'll be quizzed on these themes and how they're carried out through key characters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To pass the quiz, you'll need to:

  • Name the human concept that the Tralfamadorians don't believe in
  • Identify the character who demonstrates the anti-war theme
  • Understand why death doesn't affect the Tralfamadorians
  • Recognize an intelligent statement about the novel's massacre
  • Know who or what saves Billy from the Dresden bombing

Skills Practiced

You'll get practice using the following skills:

  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding the Tralfamadorian's beliefs
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about Slaughterhouse Five to identify the character who illustrates the novel's anti-war theme
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you take away important information from the related lesson on Slaughterhouse Five's themes

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about the themes explored in this novel, review the related lesson called Themes in Slaughterhouse Five. The lesson helps you:

  • Assess the autobiographical elements of Slaughterhouse Five
  • Understand the ironic nature of Billy's death
  • Determine the significance of the quote 'so it goes'