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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What famous speech inspires Caputo to join the military?
(a) FDR's "Nothing to Fear" speech.
(b) Kennedy's inaugral "Ask what you can do for your country" speech.
(c) Marc Anthony's "I came not to praise Caesar" speech
(d) King's "I have a dream" speech.

2. What does he imagine being in the military will be like?
(a) He thinks it will be frightening but he needs the money.
(b) He thinks it will be dull and routine.
(c) He imagines it will be like taking a vacation.
(d) He enters the war with romantic notions of being a hero.

3. What does the village of Hua-Vuc conjure up in the minds of the Marines?
(a) It reminds them of Okinawa.
(b) It is situated like the training villages of Quantico.
(c) It becomes symbolic of weariness.
(d) It becomes synonymous with the war.

4. What becomes of major importance to Caputo in those early days?
(a) Getting the approval of his superiors
(b) Drinking and partying
(c) Getting enough sleep
(d) Getting a Washington desk job

5. 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) They want to be sure they know what to do.
(d) It's a kind of war game they play.

6. What sobering realization does Caputo come to after his service in Vietnam?
(a) He is too young when he enlists to realize how boring the military really is.
(b) He wants so badly to be a man in the middle of danger, that he did not realize he iss toying with death.
(c) That serving your country is a greater responsibility than anyone understands.
(d) That war is the only answer to the problems of the world.

7. How does Caputo describe the feelings of the men after the destruction of the village Giao-Tri?
(a) The men wonder if that could ever happen in America.
(b) They are believing that there are no civilians in war.
(c) The men are learning to hate those who give succor to the enemy.
(d) There is great shock at how they went mad in the destruction.

8. What mistake does 2d Lt. Caputo make on a training exercise that gets him a reprimand?
(a) He lights up a cigarette.
(b) He takes a nap while waiting for orders.
(c) He orders a retreat.
(d) He changes a captain's orders.

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

10. 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.

11. What do they hear about right away?
(a) They hear that Saigon has fallen.
(b) They hear that they will go to the front lines.
(c) They hear of a possible surrender of the Viet Cong.
(d) They hear of death and paralysis for some soldiers.

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

13. What lesson does Caputo learn that contradicts what he learned at Quantico?
(a) Not to shout orders to his men
(b) Not to light up a cigarette
(c) Not to stand up and give arm signals
(d) Not to lead a forced march

14. What does Caputo say he learns later about the war in Vietnam?
(a) That the Viet Cong ha plants in his platoon.
(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 there is never enough time to relax.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In this first offensive, how do Caputo and his men see themselves?

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

4. What game are Campbell and Greene playing in the NCO's tent when Caputo enters?

5. What happens about two hundred yards away from the village?

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