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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. Who says he is now emperor?

2. Why do many soldiers miss details that could have kept them alive?

3. When does the Dak To battle take place?

4. Some soldiers feel they must stop the war or Communism will go where?

5. What dissolves among American soldiers after Ia Drang?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the battle for the Citadel in Hue.

2. Describe Herr's drug use and why the soldiers try to avoid their dreams.

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

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

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

6. Describe the events that finally make Herr take up a weapon and the role he plays in the Tet Offensive.

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

8. Describe the actions of the correspondents while in the field.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the effect of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death on black soldiers. Does news of the assassination affect the way black soldiers are treated? Do the black soldiers fight differently following news of the civil rights leader's death?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the state of Vietnam when Herr arrives in Saigon. What is the history of the war up to that point? Who has been involved? Who is fighting? What are the issues being fought for? Who controls the land? Who controls the air? How are the Vietnamese people coping with the constant state of war?

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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