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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. What do most of the soldiers try to avoid in one way or another?

2. What is another term for shell shock?

3. What phrase is used even though most soldiers don't mean it?

4. The dreams of the soldiers become what?

5. What geographical area is close to Khe Sanh and is dangerous even without the war?

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

4. Discuss Page's wound and his recovery.

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

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

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

8. Describe Herr's memories of Vietnam.

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

10. How does the news of Day Tripper and Mayhew affect Herr's time at China Beach?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Montagnard people. Who are they? What role did they play in the war? How did the war affect them?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the various reactions of soldiers and correspondents to the mountains of death they encounter each day. Why do some soldiers react with arousal while others are repulsed? How do the soldiers learn to cope with what they are ordered to do and what happens to them? How do students suppose that the soldiers overcome what they witness or perform during the war? Discuss the increase instances of post-traumatic stress disorder and how the American people reacted to veterans with flashbacks?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the culture of America that Vietnam Veterans returned to. How were they greeted and treated? What opportunities were available to them or denied them because of their time in Vietnam? How did their family members and friends treat returning soldiers?

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