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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. In what state does Richie complete his basic training?

2. When he was in high school, who told Richie that he had a good shot of getting into college?

3. Which of the following does Richie NOT wonder about the dead Vietcong soldier?

4. What is Richie's response to the offer regarding his medical records?

5. Why does the large black soldier in the breakfast hall suggest that the three of them should stick together?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 1, what sounds does Richie hear when he falls asleep at night, and how does he comfort himself in Vietnam?

2. What is the reaction of the soldiers when they receive their assignments to be moved to Chu Lia?

3. What happens when Richie sees the body bags lined up at his base?

4. What offer does Lieutenant Carroll give to Richie in regard to his medical records, and what is Richie's response?

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

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

7. What advice does Walowick give to Richie in regard to the dead Vietcong soldier?

8. Why do the American troops ambush the village that they had recently pacified?

9. Why is Richie's troop reassigned from the pacification mission in the village?

10. Why does Peewee ask Richie to write a letter to Earlene on his behalf?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, many myths of what happens to a good, or strong, soldier are presented. Chose two military myths that were presented in the novel, and explain the ways that the reality of war in Richie's experience dispelled those myths.

Essay Topic 2

The novel presents many different leaders in the novel's army. Choose three of the military leaders in the novel and briefly describe each of their leadership styles. Then briefly describe the way that the soldiers reacted to each of their leadership styles.

Essay Topic 3

When Richie enters the army, he has firm beliefs of what his tour on duty will be like. Throughout his time in Vietnam, Richie's views about war changes many more times. Describe the way that Richie thought the war would be like when he entered the service, and then briefly describe the ways that his views of fighting changed over his time in Vietnam.

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