- he has traveled in time with no control over where he goes
2. List the major events of Billy's life depicted in this chapter? Why is this significant?
- went to optometry school after high school, his father died in a hunting accident
- goes to WWII and gets an honorable discharge
- goes back to optometry school and gets engaged to the owner's daughter
- has a nervous collapse and receives shock treatment at a veterans hospital, is released and marries his fiancee
- practice is successful, becomes rich, has two kids, his daughter marries and his son joins the Green Berets
- only survivor of a plane crash, while in the hospital his wife dies of carbon monoxide poisoning
- he writes letters to a newspaper and goes on the radio, talking about how he came unstuck in time and was kidnapped by aliens and forced to mate and displayed in a zoo
- this is significant because it is the correct timeline in chronological order
3. Describe how Billy and his daughter, Barbara, interact.
- Barbara treats him like a child
4. What is Tralfamadore? What happens to Billy there?
- an alien planet
- "displayed naked in a zoo" and mated with an Earth movie star
5. How does Billy describe the Tralfamadorians?
- 2 feet high, green, and shaped like plungers
- at the top of each shaft was a "little hand with a green eye in its palm"
6. What ability do the Tralfamadorians have that Earthlings do not?
- ability to see in four dimensions
7. What is the origin of the phrase, "so it goes"?
- it is what the Tralfamadorians say when something dies
8. Describe Roland Weary's character.
- "he was stupid and fat and mean"
- was always ditched by people who didn't want him near them
- pretended to be friendly with someone less popular than him, then "find some pretext for beating the shit out of him."
- when he stopped to rest against a tree in the forest
- "His attention began to swing grandly through the full arc of his life... There was just violet light - and a hum. And then Billy swung into life again"
- went to before he was born, then to when he was a little boy and his father was going to teach him to swim
- he knew that if he had died as a child, he wouldn't have had to go to the war
11. Identify the type of narrator in this chapter.
- third-person omniscient