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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Paul Christian never go to trial?
2. When various agencies gather to discuss the process of evacuating Saigon, what do they neglect to bring?
3. Of the following people whom Didion interviews, which is the least accessible with information?
4. What punishment is given the bodies of executed soldiers at the Schofield barracks?
5. According to news reports in Chapter 1, how is Paul Christian wounded?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the novel, Inez Victor offers two viewpoints regarding America's place in the world community. These viewpoints derive from our country's collective reaction to the war in Vietnam and are represented by the characters of Harry Victor and Jack Lovett. Write an essay about these opposing viewpoints in three parts:
Part 1) What is Harry Victor's attitude toward the Vietnam War? How does he think America should impact the world community? What should we foster and what should we avoid? To what extent is his viewpoint a moral viewpoint?
Part 2) How does Jack Lovett feel about the relationships among nations? How does his career reflect this attitude? Does he appear to have unifying
worldview? Are his actions purely pragmatic?
Part 3) In what way does the relationship between Lovett and Victor represent the friction between pragmatism and idealism? Does Inez Victor represent the American people, as such?
Essay Topic 2
Jack Lovett's reasoning is most often tied to a given military-political objective he has been given. Didion states that his greatest gift is the ability to view situations with a dispassionate eye. The only case in which this is not true, in which he skirts his duty, is regarding Inez Victor. In an essay, examine Lovett's relationship with Inez. How does his affection manifest itself prior to the Christian shootings? What role do these shootings serve in allowing him to make his move? What good deeds does he render to her, and how does his career allow him to do so?
Essay Topic 3
In Democracy, the media becomes an entity unto itself, forever reducing characters to their most basic form and denying the world a cultivated understanding of them. Write an essay about three prominent media portraits in the novel. How do they neglect something essential about the character or characters contained within? What image of the character or characters does each create in its words and visuals? What is the article or image's importance to the narrative?
Part 1) Janet Ziegler's television interview about Inez.
Part 2) Inez's AP interview regarding her memory.
Part 3) The video of Inez dancing on the roof of the St. Regis.
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