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. Why throw a grenade instead of firing a rifle in the dark?

2. What event does Caputo recall that further dims the idea of glamor in war?

3. What is the refrain the sergeant teaches the men during war training?

4. What familiar smells and sounds does Caputo comment on back at base camp?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the hospital corpsman tell Parker about his friend, Esposito?

3. What mistake happens when they fire a three-point-five at the sniper who got Sullivan?

4. What do they find when they rush a base camp near the LZ?

5. How does Caputo describe himself as he watches the action of the offensive from the hill?

6. What really causes the aloofness to Caputo at the base camp?

7. How do Caputo and his 40-odd men get transported to the war zone?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Now that you have read about the experiences of the Marines in Vietnam, write a paper about how difficult it probably was for most of them to step back into civil society at home. Perhaps you have known of someone coming back from a war who had a problem readjusting. Give your opinion about the responsibility of the people who send young men to war in helping to rehabilitate them after they return.

Essay Topic 3

Imagine you were there in Caputo's platoon. Write a paper expressing your opinion of 2nd Lieutenant Caputo as he takes command of your platoon. Describe his personality and character as you see him from the point of view of an enlisted man or woman.

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