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

2. What does one soldier do when he sees Herr's bloody nose?
(a) Rushes him to Medevac
(b) Takes his gun away
(c) Laughs
(d) Gives him a medal

3. Some soldiers feel they must stop the war or Communism will go where?
(a) China
(b) The United States
(c) South America
(d) The entire world

4. What does Herr call a company of soldiers returning from battle?
(a) A colony of stroke victims
(b) Vietnams heroes
(c) Baby killers
(d) Far from heroic

5. What does ARVN stand for?
(a) Armed Reconnaissance for Vietnam
(b) Armed Republic Vietnamese
(c) Army of the Repubic of Vietnam
(d) Army Reinforcements for Vietnam

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the young marine not show any mirth in his smile?

2. What do the soldiers trade for the marijuana?

3. Herr encounters a soldier with a bag full of what?

4. What two kinds of drugs do the soldiers turn to?

5. What is the young marine's laugh like when it does come out?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the battle for the Citadel in Hue.

2. How does the image of the World War II correspondent typing by candlelight relate to the Marines diverse views regarding war correspondents?

3. How does the battle of Ia Drang affect the American soldiers?

4. Khe Sanh is compared to another battle fought nearly ten years earlier. What is the name of that battle and what happened?

5. What role does luck play in the lives of the soldiers?

6. Why do soldiers take body part trophies? Does drug use play a role in this practice?

7. What do the soldiers expect to find at Hue? What are they greeted with? How does the battle turn out?

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

9. What is the result of the siege at Khe Sanh?

10. Discuss Herr's comment that the military's use of "corps" zones reduces the character of the country.

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