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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. Where does the chapter's title come from?
(a) The nickname for the Tet Offensive
(b) A saying soldiers paint on their helmets
(c) A popular song
(d) A propaganda slogan

2. Who is defeated during the battle of Dien Bien Phu?
(a) The French
(b) The Chinese
(c) The Americans
(d) The Vietnamese

3. What two kinds of drugs do the soldiers turn to?
(a) Dexedrine and Heroin
(b) Heroin and Meth
(c) Cocaine and Dexedrine
(d) Amphetamines and depressants

4. What is another term for shell shock?
(a) veteran's disease
(b) acute envronmental reaction
(c) post traumatic stress disorder
(d) Agoraphobia

5. When did Dien Bien Phu occur?
(a) 1962
(b) 1965
(c) 1954
(d) 1967

Short Answer Questions

1. When is the Khe Sanh Combat Base started?

2. What do men do to reduce glare?

3. Who does Herr tour a palace with?

4. How do soldiers ensure the enemy is dead?

5. When was terrorism at its worst?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the chapter's title reflect the feelings of the soldiers and differ from the upper brass's description of the war?

2. Describe what the soldiers and correspondents pack when going into battle.

3. Describe the soldier who tells Herr that he knows how to use both types of drugs to handle the war.

4. Who are Day Tripper and Mayhew? What does Herr do with them?

5. Why do you think the chaplain lies to the soldier whose legs have been blown off?

6. What is the attitude of the Marines? How does this attitude negatively affect the troops?

7. 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.

8. Who are the Montagnards and what role do they play in the Vietnam War?

9. Describe Herr's first encounter with the Marines and how that affects Herr.

10. Who is the Khe Sanh press secretary and what is his role in the Khe Sanh siege?

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