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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. How does Richie injure his knee?

2. After receiving a letter from his mother, what does Richie realize about their relationship?

3. Who writes a letter to Lieutenant Carroll's pregnant wife, explaining what has happened to him?

4. What job does Sergeant Simpson offer to Richie to get him out of the fighting?

5. How many soldiers in Richie's platoon are promoted after the village ambush?

Short Essay Questions

1. What news does Peewee receive from home in a letter from Earlene?

2. What reasons drew Richie into joining the army?

3. What are the soldiers told during their orientation speech upon arrival to Chu Lia?

4. What footage do the soldiers watch after the ambush, and what is their reaction?

5. What happens when Richie is out on patrol with the Charlie Company?

6. During the slow days, what does Richie learn about his fellow soldiers Brew, Lobel, and Monaco?

7. Why does Lobel feel that he is responsible for Lieutenant Carroll's death, and how does Richie console him?

8. How do the soldiers pass the time around the barracks when they have no missions to attend to?

9. What happens during the new soldiers first night on patrol?

10. What happens when the new soldiers meet Johnson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the novel is a very powerful one. Briefly describe the scene in which the title of the novel was first mentioned, and then explain how the title acts as a symbol for the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam war.

Essay Topic 2

War movies are a major theme throughout the novel.

Part 1) Explain the relationship that Lobel has with Hollywood and describe the way that it affects his fighting.

Part 2) Describe the ways that war movies romanticize soldiers.

Part 3) Describe the way that "Fallen Angels' dispels the myths of war romanticism

Essay Topic 3

Richie struggles, through much of the novel, to differentiate the difference between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" in war. Explain Richie's though process and how its changed over his time in Vietnam. Then briefly explain how the novel presents the idea of what is "good" and "bad" about war.

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