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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. During the attack in which the first enemy soldier is killed, why doesn't Richie shoot anyone?

2. What is Judy Duncan's occupation?

3. What medical problem does Richie come down with, prompting him to take several days off to recover?

4. To keep his mind off of the fears of dying, what does Richie fantasize about while fighting?

5. How does Richie injure his knee?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Richie's knee, and why is he still sent to Vietnam?

3. What reasons drew Richie into joining the army?

4. How does RIchie cope with the trauma that he witnesses while on patrol with the Charlie Company?

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 the new soldiers meet Johnson?

8. Why does Jenkins say that he has joined the army, and what is his fear of war?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of heroism is present alongside the romanticism of soldiers. Choose two soldiers in the novel and describe the vocalizations these soldiers raise about heroism. Then, compare/contrast those vocalizations to the actual reactions the soldier see when they are faced with moments of heroism.

Essay Topic 2

The novel "Fallen Angels" is set at a time of American history in which the Civil Rights movement was pushing forward.

Part 1) Describe the way that racism in "the World" is presented in the novel.

Part 2) Describe the way that racism in the army is presented in the novel.

Part 3) Briefly discuss whether or not you feel that the novel presented the American history of the time in a fair and balanced way.

Essay Topic 3

The letters that the soldiers send home are the only outlet that they have to their families.

Part 1) Explain the importance of the letters written from the soldiers to their families.

Part 2) Explain the importance of the letters written from family to the soldiers.

Part 3) Compare/contrast the letter writing processes of Richie and Peewee.

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