Battle Dress


Amy Efaw

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Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. Is escaping from your family a good way to choose a college? Does Andi choose to attend West Point for good reasons?
  2. What do you think of the songs and quotations at the beginning of the chapters? Do they illuminate the events in the chapter?
  3. A female cadet tells Andi on her first day, "Be outstanding, but don't stand out." Is this paradoxical statement helpful to Andi?
  4. Andi always seems so unsure of herself and her qualities, yet when she prepares to run the qualifying race for the cross-country team, she describes herself as "mean" ("My Sauconys are going to kick your Asics' butt.") What happens to Andi when she is running? After she makes the team, why does she decide not to "humiliate" Platoon Sergeant Cadet Black?
  5. Why does Andi want Gaby to be her best friend? What do you think that means to each young woman? How are Andi and Gab similar and how are they different?
  6. Why does Andi "desert" Gab when Gab injures her knee during the night march?
  7. What happens when Andi breaks down in front of Squad Leader Cadet Daily? Is Cadet Daily showing good leadership qualities? Would Cadet Daily deal with a male cadet similarly?
  8. Two themes of West Point discussed in the book are "Never Surrender" and "Cooperate to Graduate?" How does Andi's squad exemplify these themes?
  9. Would you go to West Point? Could you survive Beast?


Try freeze-dried, reconstituted food to see what Andi might have had to eat.

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