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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 position did Jenkins's father hold in the army?
2. Which member of Lieutenant Carroll's family was also in the army and passed on his army vocabulary?
3. What is the name of the military leader that wants to kill more Vietcong so that he will be promoted?
4. What type of airplane does the squad hear flying close to them while they are having a quiet day?
5. How is the soldier killed on the first night of patrol?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Richie's knee, and why is he still sent to Vietnam?
2. What offer does Lieutenant Carroll give to Richie in regard to his medical records, and what is Richie's response?
3. What does Lobel tell Richie about himself, and his obsession with Hollywood, while the two are on patrol together?
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 news does Peewee receive from home in a letter from Earlene?
6. Who is Rings, and what does he suggest that Richie and Peewee do?
7. How do the more experienced soldiers feel when they see the new soldiers arriving?
8. What happens when Richie sees the body bags lined up at his base?
9. What footage do the soldiers watch after the ambush, and what is their reaction?
10. How do the soldiers pass the time around the barracks when they have no missions to attend to?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
All of the soldiers see great traumas during their time in Vietnam, and each of the soldiers has their own coping mechanism. Choose two soldiers from the novel describe the scenes that most affected them during their time in service. Then, briefly compare/contrast their coping mechanisms.
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