A Rumor of War Test | Final 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 recall the two months after the Ha Na experience?

2. At night on the line, what does everything look like?

3. Who was the first KIA in 1st Battalion?

4. What is Colonel Nickerson's interest during this time?

5. Why is there a great deal of physical work to be done as the monsoon season begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. What becomes Caputo's chief responsibility and how does he begin to see himself?

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

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

4. Why does Caputo volunteer for the line?

5. What is so frustrating to Caputo during the trial?

6. What is the condition of the radio when Caputo gets it from inside the bunker?

7. How serious are the results of the assault?

8. Why is the chaplain upset?

9. Describe the Marines in Caputo's dream platoon.

10. Why are the VC attacking with small arms each night for several days?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the American withdrawal from Vietnam. It has gone down in history as the first war the Americans ever lost. Express your opinion in the paper about how the pullout affected the worldwide view of America as a Democracy.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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