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Multiple Choice Questions

1. A book by what author is Caputo trying to read while waiting at the outpost on top of a hill?
(a) Henry Miller
(b) Hemmingway
(c) James Joyce
(d) Kipling

2. What is Big Ivan?
(a) The radio code name for the battery of howitzers used ahead of the troop movement into combat
(b) The squadron of helicopters that will take the troops into combat
(c) The radio communications system needed for orders on the combat
(d) The general who is overseeing the troop movement into combat

3. How does Caputo describe the descent of a helicopter?
(a) Like a falling brick
(b) Like a roller coaster or a canoe rushing down the rapids
(c) Like a run down a ski slope
(d) Like standing in a high wind

4. What does Caputo say about the VC guerrillas being everywhere?
(a) They have to suppose that any Vietnamese is a VC.
(b) It is another way of saying nowhere.
(c) The Americans are always outnumbered.
(d) The VC know all the secrets of the jungles and tall grasses.

5. What do the bar girls insist on before they will leave with a Marine?
(a) He must get tested by a vietnamese doctor.
(b) He must pay them up front for their services.
(c) He must go shower.
(d) He must buy them one drink.

6. How does Caputo's attempt to get closer to his men on leave in Danang work out?
(a) The conversation is muddled and Caputo gives up.
(b) They become closer and Caputo listens to their advice.
(c) They end up in a brawl until the MPs arrive.
(d) The enlisted men do not trust Caputo, the officer.

7. What does Caputo almost trip over going through the high grass?
(a) The radio operator
(b) A trip wire connected to a mine
(c) A dead water buffalo
(d) A VC corpse

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

9. Who are the only adults who pay attention to the Marines as they pass through Dogpatch?
(a) The whores called Boom-Boom girls
(b) The fruit venders
(c) The local police
(d) The Vietnamese Ruff-Puffs on leave

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

11. What place do they pass through on the fourth day?
(a) They pass through the LZ which has been destroyed
(b) Giao-Tri, the village they had destroyed
(c) They have to recross the muddy river
(d) The small camp where they found the documents

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

13. What does Caputo call the training for war?
(a) The last torture
(b) The calm before the storm
(c) A little bit of hell
(d) A subtle kind of mind control

14. What irony does Caputo see in the guerrilla warfare manual he had studied in the States?
(a) The statement that one should not be afraid of the jungle.
(b) The remark that the jungle is only in Africa.
(c) The suggestion that the enemy could not advance in the jungle.
(d) The idea that the jungle is only trees.

15. What is the change that takes place at Hill 327?
(a) The plan changes from defensive to offensive.
(b) The junior officers are all given new commands.
(c) The food improves with better suply lines.
(d) More work is done during the night than in the day.

Short Answer Questions

1. What position does Battalion Headquarters take on identifying a Viet Cong?

2. What casualties are suffered during the next two days?

3. What looks beautiful from the hill but becomes ominous up close?

4. What happens right under their noses as they settle into Danang?

5. How does Caputo explain Peterson's walking away and not looking at Sullivan after he is shot?

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