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 explain Peterson's walking away and not looking at Sullivan after he is shot?

2. How does Caputo's attempt to get closer to his men on leave in Danang work out?

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

4. What is Big Ivan?

5. How does the Marine frontal assault look to Caputo?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the men of C Company pleased about the treats sent to them?

2. What does Caputo recall as he leaves the country in a CH-53 helicopter loaded with evacuees?

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

4. What is Caputo doing back in Vietnam in 1975?

5. What is the first month like after the battalion reaches Vietnam?

6. Coming across a clearing, how does Caputo manage to get to the other side?

7. What does Caputo recall when the helicopter he is in draws ground fire?

8. Describe the platoon sergeant, William Campbell.

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

10. What is the advantage on Hill 268 where Caputo's company is poistioned?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Using the colonel who had bodies dug up to show a visiting general and the colonel who wanted his horseshoe pitch done during preparations for a VC offensive, discuss in a paper how some people rise to the top without having the necessary qualifications. Discuss in the paper whether you think this is a phenomenon limited to the military.

Essay Topic 2

A recurring theme in the book is fear. Using examples of extreme fear in the book, write a paper about how fear can cause people to do things they would not normally do. You may want to relate this to a personal example of behavior when you were very frightened.

Essay Topic 3

Do a creative writing piece in which you are a private or corporal in the military, sitting in a cane field at night, listening to the moans of fellow military men because the Medivac helicopters cannot get to you and the company medic has no morphine for the pain. Be sure to express your deepest feelings and frustrations.

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