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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

Write a paper about understanding different cultures. Use examples from the book to show that people of different cultures often do not understand each other. A good example is the old Vietnamese man trying to sell pornographic pictures to Caputo and his men. He, like so many Asians, had the idea that all Americans are addicted to sexual laxity and vulgarity. On the other hand, the Americans often could not understand the stoic nature of the Vietnamese who show little emotion regardless of circumstances.

Essay Topic 2

Caputo discusses the deterioration of morals as the war goes on. Write your opinion about how extremely adverse situations may affect human morality. Give examples from the book of behavior in Vietnam that would not even be considered in main street USA.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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