Corps 02: Call to Arms 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. What duty has Sergeant Zimmerman been assigned in sub-chapter 3?

2. Where are Pick and the person from question #62 suppose to stay?

3. What does Carlson want to call his group?

4. What does Carlson think officers should do if enlisted men are sleeping on the ground?

5. What do the Marines think is the first step to train a soldier?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Zimmerman feel about his assignment and what knowledge does he have to help him with the assignment?

2. What branch of the service is Thomas McCoy in and what kind of problem has he had?

3. Where is Banning spending his leave time in New York, who does he meet and what happens with them?

4. In Chapter IX, what does Colonel Harris ask Jack Stecker about Carlson?

5. What is Banning and Stecker talking about on Ernie and McCoy's boat and what does Banning tell McCoy about it?

6. What does McCoy do when Ernie tells him her plans when they meet at the train station?

7. In Chapter I, from where is McCoy flying, what is wrong with him and what does he allow the pilot to do?

8. With whom does Pick and Stecker have lunch in Atlanta and what does she do? How did Pick feel about it?

9. How does Carlson introduce McCoy to the Separate Battalion and what does he tell them?

10. Who does Stecker find in the penthouse in Chapter XX and why is she there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lieutenant McCoy is what they call a mustang, an enlisted man who came up to be an officer. The other officers do not like this. They want the officer to be college graduates. That is one of the problems they have with Colonel Carlson and probably one of the reasons McCoy likes him. Carlson does not want any distinguishing of rank between his Raiders. He does not think that it is good for them to see the officers sleeping in cots while they sleep on the ground or eating better.

1. How do you think Colonel Carlson's ideas about rank might affect discipline? Use examples from Call to Arms to support your answer.

2. Other officers resenting those who did not go to college is not uncommon in other institutions. There are many situations in which a person is qualified to do a job without formal education and those with formal education might resent that person. Discuss what you believe are the interpersonal and personality dynamics of this type of situation. Use examples to support your answer.

3. Throughout history, as long as there has been rank in the military or classes in the social sphere treatment of people have been unequal. Officers have always had better quarters and food. Kings sleep in better homes than carpenters. Do you think inequality of people is good or bad? Could it motivate those in the lower hierarchies to work harder or just make them resentful? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of unequal status among humans.

Essay Topic 2

In any book centered around the military, leadership of the troops is often crucial with the better leaders able to command the respect and loyalty of their men. The men's willingness to follow a particularly leader can have a decisive impact upon the success of a mission. Discuss the following:

1. Whose command style seems most effective? Analyze the elements of those effective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the good leaders. What makes an excellent leader/commander? Give examples.

2. Whose command style seems most ineffective? Analyze the elements of those ineffective leaders thoroughly and discuss the traits of the poor leaders. What makes a poor leader/commander? Give examples.

3. Is disobeying a poor leader ever justifiable? Explain using details from the text, other books you have read and your personal experience. In times of war, disobeying an order can be punishable by death. Is this harsh sentence justifiable for such an act? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Corps 02: Call to Arms. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme?" If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Corps 02: Call to Arms. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme?" If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Corps 02: Call to Arms? Which theme in Corps 02: Call to Arms speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

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