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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. After the trauma of visiting the recently pacified Vietnamese village, whose bed does Richie sleep in for comfort?
2. When Richie thinks about going AWOL, what country does he plan to run to?
3. What character is Richie reunited with when he is resting in the hospital?
4. What American holiday is approaching at the same time as the Vietnamese New Year?
5. Who opens fire on the Vietnamese soldiers?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the American soldiers prepare the bodies of their fallen soldiers so that the enemy cannot mutilate them?
2. What letter does Gearhart give to Richie and Walowick to hold onto?
3. What conversation does Richie get into with Johnson about the war protesters?
4. What does Richie do with his Purple Heart?
5. How does Richie explain the shooting of the Vietcong soldier to his brother, Kenny?
6. How are Richie and Peewee separated from the rest of their troop?
7. When does Richie realize that Johnson would have been a natural-born leader?
8. Why do the rescue choppers open fire on the Vietnamese allies?
9. What do the American soldiers see when they return to the village in Vietnam that they had recently tried to pacify?
10. What power struggle arises between Johnson and Stewart in the battlefield of the reclaimed hill?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Even though race was a major issue with many of the soldiers in Richie's squad, the frost between the races began to thaw as the novel progressed.
Part 1) Explain the division of race that was present when Richie first entered his squad.
Part 2) Describe the ways that the tension between the races began to dissipate as the novel progressed.
Part 3) Explain why race cannot be a factor when a military squad is in battle.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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