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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the Marines return to base camp?
(a) They have to march all the way back.
(b) Wagons pulled by water buffalo take them back.
(c) They wait for morning and go by helicopter.
(d) A truck convoy picks them up.

2. What does Caputo say about the significance of a single death in war?
(a) After so long a time, it has no significance at all.
(b) No matter how many you see, it never diminishes in effect.
(c) One developes a sense of better him than me.
(d) After experiencing many deaths, the impact of one death diminishes.

3. How do they spend their first day at Danang?
(a) Packing and piling sandbags and digging foxholes and ditches
(b) Getting a tour of the area
(c) Reading field manuals
(d) Looking for a place to put their tents

4. What is everyone told about the war in the first briefing Caputo attends?
(a) That it is defensive only to free the ARVN to fight their war.
(b) That Americans would not be supplied with live ammunition.
(c) That the war had already effectively divided the country in half.
(d) That the Americans would never launch a full scale offensive.

5. At what age does Philip Caputo enlist in the Marine Corps?
(a) 18
(b) 20
(c) 21
(d) 19

6. Who seems to know what will happen better than the soldiers?
(a) The messhall cooks
(b) The chaplains
(c) The prostitutes
(d) The telephone operators

7. What does Caputo say he learns later about the war in Vietnam?
(a) That there would be days when there is no fighting.
(b) That nine-tenths of the time is waiting for the other one-tenth to happen.
(c) That the Viet Cong ha plants in his platoon.
(d) That there is never enough time to relax.

8. What is the real resistance walking from the L to the Vietnamese village?
(a) Muddy rice paddies
(b) Constant sniper fire
(c) Farmers armed with pitchforks
(d) The land, the sun, and the jungle

9. What change does Caputo notice in his men back at their position on the hill?
(a) They have become even closer.
(b) They have all truned gray haired.
(c) They are withdrawn and wild-eyed.
(d) They have grown apart and do not look at each other.

10. At the new command, what does Caputo say the men do?
(a) They carve monkey faces in coconuts.
(b) They play in the jungle by day and drink with the prostitutes by night.
(c) They do hours of calisthenics.
(d) They work as extras for McHale's Navy.

11. What becomes of Vietnamese wounded in battle or victims of landmines?
(a) They are left to beg on the streets.
(b) They are usually shot.
(c) They are put up in retirement homes.
(d) They take desk jobs in their headquarters.

12. What is the prognosis for Powell's recovery after his heatstroke?
(a) Amnesia
(b) Damaged immune system
(c) Paralysis
(d) Probable brain damage

13. Why do they get ready to move out to the war zone several times?
(a) There is nothing better to do.
(b) There are several false alarms of going to war, but none pan out .
(c) It's a kind of war game they play.
(d) They want to be sure they know what to do.

14. What is the landmark near C Company's assignment southwest of Danang?
(a) Alpha Range
(b) Charlie Ridge
(c) Elephant butte
(d) Phanom Phen

15. What event does Caputo recall that further dims the idea of glamor in war?
(a) An outbreak of malaria
(b) The crash of a Marine helicopter
(c) A visit to the field hospital
(d) Watching one of his men shot and killed by a sniper

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Caputo do at Camp Upshur, Virginia?

2. What place do they pass through on the fourth day?

3. What do the bar girls insist on before they will leave with a Marine?

4. What booby traps are observed on the trail after fording the river?

5. Does Caputo believe the deployment is for real when he is told about it?

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