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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. President Johnson's comment about Khe Sanh is considered what?

2. When does Herr finally take up a weapon?

3. What happens to bodies that cannot be positively identified?

4. What is the most popular strategy for ending the war according to the soldiers?

5. What is a LRRP?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the condition "shell shock." Why do parents fear their sons will come home with it and why do soldiers with it not want to return home?

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

3. What are the two realities of Vietnam and how do they differ?

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

5. Discuss the difference between Prager and Herr and General Tompkins.

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

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

8. How do the soldiers feel about the war?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Major Trong does not tell Herr who the last emperor of Vietnam was but states that he is the new emperor. How does his statement affect Herr and the war? What do you make of Trong's refusal to answer Herr's question? Do you think Trong's statement is one based on truth or on greed for power?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Herr's statement that Saigon looks beautiful from the air but up close is really a crime ridden trash heap. How does this statement apply to the entire Vietnam War?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of illegal drugs and marijuana among Vietnam soldiers. Why were the drugs used? How were they obtained? What effect did the drugs have on the soldiers? What happened when strung out soldiers returned to the United States? Did the use of drugs in Vietnam influence the drug culture in America? How so?

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