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Catch-22 | Chapter 15 : Piltchard & Wren | Summary

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Although the second mission to Bologna is successful, the flight is nightmarish. Yossarian's plane comes under heavy flak, and Yossarian is incapacitated with terror. Navigator Aarfy, in an eerily good mood, teases and tortures him nonstop. The plane is hit by a chunk of flak that destroys all of Aarfy's maps; he just keeps grinning.

Miraculously, Yossarian's plane returns safely as other planes explode all around it. As he nears camp, Yossarian is stunned to realize that Orr is missing. After Orr manages to crash-land safely, Yossarian decides to take emergency leave in Rome.

Analysis

Like Yossarian, readers are meant to believe that Orr was able to survive the raid. No one (including Yossarian) knows that Orr had been practicing crash-landing in preparation for going AWOL to Sweden. It's not clear how, but Orr manages to get his plane shot up just enough that he can make a crash landing without anyone in his crew being harmed. In any case, Yossarian now has the relief of having survived the Bologna raid and the comfort of knowing that Orr also survived.

Aarfy's odd exchanges with Yossarian are a regular occurrence now, but they still have the power to shock the reader. When Yossarian is so worried about Orr that he tears up, Aarfy points to a hay wagon and says, "There he is. ... Smashed to bits. I guess their numbers were all up." Given the context, it's quite a funny line, but no one in the plane besides Aarfy would say it.

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Term:

1) American firms became less competitive compared to foreign firms during the 1980s because A) the quality and productivity of American workers declined. B) foreign firms were younger than American firms and as a result had more modern facilities that made use of the latest technology. C) the U.S. dollar became worth more in terms of foreign currencies. D) the U.S. dollar became worth less in terms of foreign currencies.

Definition:

C

Term:

2) A spot transaction in the foreign exchange market involves the A) exchange of exports and imports at a specified future date. B) exchange of bank deposits at a specified future date. C) immediate (within two days) exchange of exports and imports. D) immediate (within two days) exchange of bank deposits.

Definition:

D

Term:

3) When the value of the British pound changes from $1.50 to $1.25, the pound has ________ and the dollar has ________. A) appreciated; appreciated B) depreciated; appreciated C) appreciated; depreciated D) depreciated; depreciated

Definition:

B

Term:

4) When the value of the dollar changes from £0.50 to £0.75, the pound has ________ and the dollar has ________. A) appreciated; appreciated B) depreciated; appreciated C) appreciated; depreciated D) depreciated; depreciated

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B

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