Journey’s End: Exam Preparation

Journey’S End Exam Prep 

Sample questions from past exams

Journey’s End

Summary about themes, tone, and characters. Questions to help you analyse the play.

Discuss:

1. Relationships between officers and men.

2. The effects of stress.

3. The idea of heroism is a dominant theme in the play. Do you agree?

4. The play’s title is taken from a poem by Humbert Wolfe, (1885-1940):

Journey’s End
What will they give me, when journey’s done?
Your own room to be quiet in, Son!
Who shares it with me?
There is none shares that cool dormitory, Son!
Who turns the sheets?
There is but one, and no one needs to turn it, Son!
Who lights the candle?
Ev’ryone sleeps without candle all night, Son!
Who calls me after sleeping?
Son! You are not called when journey’s done.

Can you find a connection between the poem and the play?

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8 Responses to Journey’s End: Exam Preparation

  1. theunknown says:

    I think that Osborne is the fatherly character among the men in the trenches for a reason. Referring back to his history, as a principal in a high school, and the fact that he is a father of a family, it really explains why he will pick up the role of a father among the men. For him, it is like an escaping mechanism from the cruel reality of war, to be a person that he has always been before the war, that is to take care of the others, like how he took care of his students and children. It reminds him of the good old days and can thus also be seen as the way he copes with the stress he meets as a soldier.

  2. valentin says:

    1- In my opinion, the relationship between officers and man is a very bad relationship because they are in middle of war. Also they have to obey orders from their supiriors and they have to protect their lifes.

    2- It was very common for them to be under stress in those moments, as they were fighting a war and their lifes were in cosntant danger.

    3- I fully agree with this statement, as all the soldiers may be considere heroes, because they are fighting for their country.

    4- The thing that both have in common is the thoughts of the soldiers.

  3. Juan Pablo says:

    1) The character’ s relationship is as careless as corrupt. Nobody cares for each other, and they only respect Stanhope.
    2) Stress affects everyone in the trenches, everybody feels the tension, and they cannot stand each other.
    3) Heroism plays an important role because soldiers feel the need to save their national pride and their comrades.
    4) Both text have a reltion because of soldiers and war. However I couldn’t find any further relation.

  4. Miranda Correa Perkins says:

    1. Relationships between officers and men.
    In my opinion, during war, it might have not been easy to relate with the people you spent your days with, especcialy because they are at war. Their job is to fight and defend their country, not socialize with their fellow soldiers or officers. the relationship with the characters of Jouney’s End is very cold but at the same time very strange and complicated. During the attacks, they protect each other and they are willing to give their lifes for each other but in ther trenches they are constantly fighting and attacking each other. Osbourne is the only one who protects the others, and that’s why he’s given a paternal view in the book

    2. The effects of stress.
    In my opinion, all the actions and reactions are caused by the stress caused by war. i believe that beign at war must be very frightening and sterssful, and that leads the charachters to their main problems, for example hibbert pretends to be sick for as not to go to the attacks and stahopes drinking problem.

    3. The idea of heroism is a dominant theme in the play. Do you agree?
    i definetly agree with these statement, because these people didn’t go to war just to deffend their countrie, they were looking for heroism, they wanted to be heroes. heroism is maybe shown and reflected more in stanhope and osbourne, but the fact that they stayed at the trenches to fight maid them instantly hero.

    4. The play’s title is taken from a poem by Humbert Wolfe, (1885-1940):
    Can you find a connection between the poem and the play?
    The connection between this poem and the book is the thoughts of the soldiers after the war is finished and they can return home with their families after spending a lot of time in the trenches

  5. Milagros says:

    1. I believe that the relationships between everdybody down in the trenches, are very difficult to understand. At the begining they didn’t knew each other and they were not there to make friends, they were there to save their lifes at any cost and in some cases to defend their country. Also, from my point of view, only a few men followed the instructions of the one in charge, everybody believed they were inteligent enough to defend themselves, and that created an atmosphere of tenssion. On the other side, as the time went by and they got closer, they started to like each other and when a soldier die, it wasn’t anymore just another soldier, it represented a friend.
    2. In this question I completely agree with Gitika, the effect of stress was reflected on their actions and reactions, on their emotions and the way in wich they expressed them. Good examples are the one of Hibbert pretending an illness, and why Stanhope was always drinking.
    3. I agree that this book talks a lot abouth heroism, but I do not believe all the soldiers are heros, although it’s a brave action to go to war, if you try to escape from it you are not facing the real problem.
    4. I can connect it with the thoughts of the soldiers after the war, being at home and wondering what would happen know that the journey has come to an end.

  6. Chloe Taylor says:

    1. I think it was very hard to have a good relationship between officers and common soldiers not only during that specific war but on every single one. Being on those terrifying situations don’t leave time for having maybe a friendship with your officer as you are concentrating on fighting and winning, this is one of the most horrible things that happen during war. Either soldiers or officers go there to have a good relationship with their partners as what is more; most of them did not go voluntary. On the other side, I think having a good relationship with the other soldiers would have been nice as sometimes you can get distracted from war.
    2. Stress is something very common during difficult moments and war is obviously one of them. Everybody is stress during war so these makes them treat each other in a bad way, saying things they really did not want to say, having new bad habits as drinking alcohol all time to get distracted.
    3. Yes I do agree as all soldiers are heroes as they are going through one of the most horrible moments putting in risk their own lives for their countries.
    4. The connection I could found was that all questions during the poem may have been said by a young afraid soldier before going to war.

  7. Malaki Helou says:

    1. Relationships between officers and men.
    In my opinion the relationships are selfish and careless about the others. Almost everybody looks after tehmselves and not after the others. That is why Osborn is like a father in the play, mainly because he is, in my view, the only one that cares about the other’s necessities

    2. The effects of stress.
    Luckily, I had been to a war in my life, but if I put myself in Stanhope’s, Raleigh’s, or Osborne’s shoes, I would definitely be under stress., just like them during the play. The different characters had different reactions towards this feeling. Hibbert pretended to be sick, because of the fear the atmosphere caused in him. Moreover, Stanhope got drunk at many moments during the play. That is, in my opinion, a demostration of their fears and stress they were going through out.

    3. The idea of heroism is a dominant theme in the play. Do you agree?
    I totally agree with the statement. Some of the characters want to be “heroes” and some others are because of a natural gift they have. The setting where the play takes place supports that. As it is a war, there were some soldiers who are afraid and scared but everyone is a heroe there, because of the fact they went to support, represent and fight for their own country

    4. The play’s title is taken from a poem by Humbert Wolfe, (1885-1940):
    I dont’ find any relation at all. The only thing in common is that both talk about war and soldiers

  8. Gitika says:

    1. I believe that the relationships between the characters is sorrowful, not because they want to but because of the situation in which they relate. It is sad how careless sometimes they can be between themselves, like Stanhope with Hibbert telling him he is a coward because he doesn’t want to die. When they go to war they have a clear objective that is fighting for their country, so they see people die, lots of people and maybe one of their own room mates die too. So, they can’t allow themselves to feel “love” for their mates because if they die it will be very hard on them, I believe. This makes it a sorrowful relationship, anyways they do have some good moments and though they avoid having feelings for their mates they do,for example when Raleigh is fatally wounded Stanhope is by his side for a while but well, then he has to go back to the front line.
    2. The stress through which the characters go through have a harsh effect on their reactions, like drinking a lot (Stanhope), wanting to lie about being sick and leave (Hibbert). The stress in war makes the characters treat their mates badly or making them feel bad or sad, like when Stanhope yelled at Raleigh and censored his letter.
    3. I agree. Heroism is shown in all the characters, because they went to war. Whichever their reasons might have been, they went after all. Some died, some we don’t know, and others were able to go back home. Some characters like Osborne or Stanhope might symbolize heroism even more, but all do. They gave their life for their country and people who are capable of that are definitely heroes.
    4. The only relation I could find was maybe the thoughts of the soldiers in the story when they come back from war…

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