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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. What war is going on during the years in which the novel is set?

2. What news does Peewee's girlfriend write to tell him?

3. What does Lobel think are the only real things in the world?

4. What is the name of the soldier that Richie is paired up with during his Charlie Company patrol?

5. What is the name of the military leader that wants to kill more Vietcong so that he will be promoted?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Richie and Peewee separated from the rest of their troop?

2. What is Richie's response to seeing his first dead enemy soldier?

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

4. How does Richie kill his first Vietcong soldier, and what is his reaction to the killing?

5. What happens to the soldiers while they are on a layover in Osaka, Japan?

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

7. How do the American soldiers prepare the bodies of their fallen soldiers so that the enemy cannot mutilate them?

8. What does Lobel tell Richie about himself, and his obsession with Hollywood, while the two are on patrol together?

9. Before getting on the plane to return home, what do Peewee and Richie note about the newspaper coverage of the war?

10. Why do the rescue choppers open fire on the Vietnamese allies?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Fallen Angel" has sometimes been called an antiwar novel. Do you agree with this assessment? Why or why not. Discuss the ways that the novel acts as an antiwar novel and the ways that it acts as a pro-war novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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