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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. Which of the following soldiers admits to joining the army so that his father wouldn't think that he was gay?
2. What is Judy Duncan's occupation?
3. After the first Vietcong enemy was killed, how many enemies does Sergeant Simpson claim were killed?
4. Who leads the prayer over Jenkins' body when he dies?
5. What is the name of the new Lieutenant of Richie's platoon.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why isn't Richie able to answer the question about his future goals when speaking to the Red Cross workers?
2. During the slow days, what does Richie learn about his fellow soldiers Brew, Lobel, and Monaco?
3. What are the soldiers told during their orientation speech upon arrival to Chu Lia?
4. In Chapter 1, what sounds does Richie hear when he falls asleep at night, and how does he comfort himself in Vietnam?
5. What offer does Lieutenant Carroll give to Richie in regard to his medical records, and what is Richie's response?
6. Before the troops see any action, what does Richie think about the fighting?
7. What happens when Richie sees the body bags lined up at his base?
8. Why is Richie's troop reassigned from the pacification mission in the village?
9. What does Captain Stewart change about Monaco's kill report, and why?
10. What happens when the new soldiers meet Johnson?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout this novel, the theme of innocence is presented through the soldiers' naivety. Briefly describe one scene that highlights the innocence of one or more of the soldiers. Then describe the way that the novel functions as a testament to the loss of youth through war.
Essay Topic 2
In many of his missions throughout Vietnam, Richie wonders whether the American troops are there to help the Vietnamese villages or there to harm them. Choose two instances in the novel in which the moral ambiguity of the situation was highlighted. Then, explain how those instances led to Richie's uncertainty over the war in general.
Essay Topic 3
Many of the soldiers in the novel have big dreams for themselves when they get out of the army. Choose three soldiers from Richie's squad and explain what their dreams for the future are. Then, explain how these dreams affected the soldiers' performance in battle.
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