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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two emotions does Herr feel looking at pictures of dead people?
(a) Shock and Repulsion
(b) Fascination and Horror
(c) Repulsion and fascination
(d) Shock and fascination

2. What do men do to reduce glare?
(a) Use umbrellas
(b) Wear baseball caps under their helmets
(c) Paint their faces
(d) Wear sunglasses

3. Who fought the Vietnamese in Dien Bien Phu?
(a) The Montagnards
(b) The French
(c) The Chinese
(d) The Japanese

4. Who fights with the Montagnards against the NVA?
(a) The South Vietnamese
(b) Vietnamese civilians
(c) The French
(d) The Americans

5. According to Herr, no parents want their son to return with this.
(a) Depression
(b) Shell shock
(c) Gonorrhea
(d) Malaria

Short Answer Questions

1. When was terrorism at its worst?

2. Which president declares that Khe Sanh cannot fall to the NVA?

3. Where does Saigon look beautiful?

4. What are the names the military gives to the geographical areas of Vietnam?

5. There are eight thousand American troops facing how many NVA troops?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the increasing intensity of the war and what the NVA are planning.

2. What timeframe is Herr writing during? Is there any significance to the fact that he is writing at this time?

3. Describe the battle at Khe Sanh.

4. What is Soc Trang and what does it promise Herr?

5. Describe the reaction Herr has to seeing dead bodies and how the soldiers react when they kill the enemy.

6. Describe the mortar attack in which Herr is injured, his understanding of the situation, and the possible truth about the soldier's laughter.

7. Describe the stories Herr hears from the soldiers.

8. Discuss Herr's comments about the NVA who refused to come out of his spider hole and the numerous ways a man can be killed in Vietnam.

9. Discuss some of the reasons men have joined the military.

10. Discuss what an NVA attack on Khe Sanh with the tanks would mean for the American soldiers.

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