Counterattack: The Corps Test | Final 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 did Captain Haughton carry as he went to a Baltimore restaurant?

2. What do aerial photos of Buka show?

3. Where does Ward, Carolina, and Schneider wait for Galloway?

4. What did most of Pickering's first letter to Knox from Melbourne contain?

5. What does Pickering suggest to Joe after he and Barbara reunite?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pickering tell Knox about MacArthur and what he should be told? What does MacArthur want to do?

2. Who does McInerney see with Galloway at the Willard Hotel?

3. Why is Koffler being dropped behind enemy lines?

4. What does Pickering do when MacArthur moves his headquarters? What does Pickering tell Knox about the Pacific operations?

5. Why does Banning meet with Eric Feldt and what happened at that meeting?

6. Who does Barbara see when she goes into Pickering's sitting room? What does Pickering suggest?

7. What about the military does MacArthur and Pickering discuss when they first meet?

8. What do Barbara and Ernie do the day before Barbara ships out? What are Barbara's plans and how do they change?

9. What is in the letter Pickering sends to Knox in which he also has a request about Banning?

10. What happens when Galloway meets Ward and Schneider at the Officer's Club at Quantico?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although wealthy and not young enough for the draft, Fleming Pickering devotes his time and money to the war effort. He, and many other characters in this book, was very patriotic. Discuss one of the following:

1. What does patriotism mean to me? Use examples from Counterattack to support your answer.

2. Class discussion. What is patriotism? What are the advantages of a country whose citizens feel highly patriotic? What are the disadvantages? What happens when patriots become zealots? Should patriotism be expected of its citizens by any country? Why or why not?

3. How do the characters in Counterattack demonstrate their patriotism? Use examples from Counterattack to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Joe Howard is what they call a mustang, an enlisted man who came up to be an officer. Often there is tension between an enlisted man who becomes and officer and a college graduate who starts as an officer.

1. How do you think a mustang might handle command differently than a regular officer? Use examples from Counterattack to illustrate 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 3

Griffin is masterful in his description of battles and life in general for a soldier during the second world war. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze Griffin's descriptive passages about life as a soldier. How does he use descriptions of the five senses to make the reader feel s/he is there? Do you find his descriptions compelling? Seemingly accurate? How would Counterattack be different if Griffin did not include such descriptive passages?

2. Analyze Griffin's descriptive passages about the social structure of the times and discuss what you think it would be like to be a person of wealth and/or privilege such as Pickering, or Fowler. Contrast that to the lives of those who are in a lower social strata such as Koffler or Howard to one in service to someone of wealth and/or privilege.

3. Describe and analyze Griffin's descriptive passages about the topographical setting and the physical descriptions of the people. Does Griffin do an adequate job of actually making the reader "see" the land or sea where the action is taking place? How about getting a visual image of the characters? How does the descriptions of the setting add to the novel? Do you like having an idea of how a character looks? How would the novel be different without such descriptions?

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