Close Combat Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

W. E. B. Griffin
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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. Who brings Dillon a bag of film as the plane is getting readied for departure to Espiritu Santo?

2. From where do Easterbook, Dillon and McCoy drive to Los Angeles?

3. What is McCoy going to receive as an award in Washington?

4. Who is the doctor that Dillon calls to meet them at Jake's Malibu house?

5. Who was mentioned in a memo from the Secretary of the Navy and a member of the combat correspondents?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Dillon and McCoy rude to the officer at the Personnel Office?

2. Why is Vandergrift disturbed by the message from Pickering?

3. What does McCoy want from Stecker when they meet on the beach that Stecker is reluctant about but agrees to?

4. What does Pickering bring up when he meets with MacArthur that arouses anger in the General?

5. When Knox complains about MacArthur and Nimitz, why doesn't the President take any action?

6. Why does Pickering think that MacArthur is the biggest violator security protocol?

7. Why is Wilson elated with Stewart's idea for Macklin's new position?

8. Who is Easterbrook and what is his initial assignment on the Solomon Islands?

9. Why does Pickering feel grateful to the men who arrive in Oahu and come to his estate with a report?

10. How does Stecker know McCoy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare "Close Combat" with another of Griffin's other books in his combat series. Which is, in your opinion, better? Explain. What future scenarios might you want to see in upcoming books? Which characters would you like to see portrayed? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Explain Griffin's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

Politics play a significant role in the book. Griffin refers to the politics of American naval bases compared to that of aviation. Discuss the use of politics in the novel. How does politics influence the actions of the main characters of Pickering, Easterbrook, Pick, and others? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

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