Dispatches Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. With which newspaper is Peter Braestrup associated?

2. What two things mark his visits with friends?

3. What news of Mayhew does Herr receive at China Beach?

4. What rock and roll artist does one soldier play during a firefight?

5. Who recognizes Herr at China Beach?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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