A Rumor of War Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Caputo describe his feeling after learning about the death and casualties?

2. How does Caputo describe his platoon?

3. What mistake does 2d Lt. Caputo make on a training exercise that gets him a reprimand?

4. What names does Caputo recall from his platoon?

5. Where is Caputo's first command?

Short Essay Questions

1. Sitting in the outpost ahead of C Company, what does Caputo have difficulty remembering?

2. Explain what Caputo says is the worst thing about hiking in the jungle.

3. What happens to the machine-gunner named Parker as they wait for a convoy?

4. What is Caputo's troublesome encounter with Sergeant Fred Wagoner?

5. How does the platoon receive Caputo's first lecture?

6. Why does the C-130 make a sudden steep assault-dive on the way to the war zone?

7. How does Caputo describe the way a soldier fighting in the jungle should act?

8. What always comes to Caputo's mind when he thinks of basic training?

9. Explain why Caputo says that at age twenty-four he is more prepared for death than he is for life.

10. What is it like going back toward Charlie Ridge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The charges against Caputo and his men would have gone completely unnoticed had the village not lodged a complaint. Write a paper in which you give your opinion about the role of political expediency in deciding when and against whom to prosecute. Discuss whether you think the event involving Le Dung was an isolated incident.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper on the morality of war. Express your opinion as to whether war has ever in the history of the world accomplished good. Add to your paper ideas about how wars may be avoided in the future.

Essay Topic 3

Hurry up and wait is a common complaint in the military. However, it is not a phenomenon limited to the armed forces. Write a paper discussing everyday situations where we must meet appointments only to have to sit and wait. [e.g., the doctor's or dentist's office, the DMV, a long line at a movie premier, etc.] Make this paper as humorous as possible.

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