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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

Discuss the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death on the Vietnam War both at home and overseas.

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

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?

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