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. In Washington, while waiting for the arrival of Dillon and McCoy, who is trying to find out who Easterbrook is?

2. Who is part of a photojournalist team on Guadacanal?

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

4. When Easterbrook feels sick on the road trip to Los Angeles, what does McCoy think it is?

5. At Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, what is Charles Dunn viewing in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Galloway and Pick fly a search mission, what obstacles do they face and overcome?

2. Why does Dillon pull Easterbrook into the plane as he was leaving Guadalcanal?

3. Why is there tension between Pickering and Donovan?

4. How is Dunn described in Chapter 1?

5. What is Dillon in charge of that inspires awe from the Marines?

6. Why does Dunn worry about Galloway when Dawkins reassures him?

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

8. Why does Krinski change his opinion of McCoy after he receives a call?

9. What is Stecker's experience abroad and what does he think the Japanese will attack?

10. When Pickering has his staff analyze the MAGIC intelligence, what does he learn about the Japanese and what they can do or not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Veronica. What is her role in the story? What was Griffin trying to accomplish by creating Veronica's character in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Griffin employs bold and and effective language with some powerful symbolism. Choose an example of symbolism, briefly describe it, and identify the technique which it embodies.

Essay Topic 3

"Close Combat" is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. Griffin uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

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