All Quiet on the Western Front was a novel that my students had trouble connecting with. They easily confused characters, so I created this character activity. This activity asks students to analyze the character by asking questions about each character as a soldier. For instance, "Who would Paul (main character) write a letter to and why?" Teachers will easily be able to tell if students understand each character and his purpose in the novel. This works great as a group activity.
I've also included an example that teachers could use to show students ahead of time.