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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. What is the landmark near C Company's assignment southwest of Danang?

2. What is the first offensive mission?

3. How do they get from Okinawa to Vietnam?

4. What does Caputo say accounts for many other casualties?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the new warfare of the New Frontier?

2. What is the news that makes Caputo sorry he is not there instead of being in Okinawa?

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

4. Why does he say he fears being an unsat or a marginal?

5. Early on the morning of his first assignment to go into combat, what fantasy goes through Caputo's head?

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

7. Describe the Communist stronghold that Caputo first sees in Vietnam.

8. When does Caputo have his first realization of someone trying to kill him?

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

10. How does Caputo mention perception and locale when talking about troop size?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Self-preservation is a big consideration for anyone. In the case of Vietnam, there was no way to look at a person and know if he or she was South Vietnamese or VietCong. Write your opinion about the moral dilemma of having to make such a determination and whether it is right to err on the side of personal safety.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Hatred is mentioned several times in the book. It often takes over when circumstances are frustrating and there appears to be nothing anyone can do about it. Write how the Marines in Vietnam often felt this way when they knew more about what was going on than the men safely back at HQ who were planning the moves of the war.

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