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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 does Richie do when Brew is dying?
2. What is the name of the soldier who is mortally wounded during the same fight in which Richie is shot?
3. What does Richie tell Kenny in the letter he writes about the Vietcong soldier?
4. Which of the following is NOT seen by the American soldiers returning to the recently pacified village?
5. Whose decision is it to extend the troop's tour of duty for an additional thirty days?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do the rescue choppers open fire on the Vietnamese allies?
2. What conversation does Richie get into with Johnson about the war protesters?
3. Who is with Brew when he dies?
4. What race relation issues come to light during the time of Vietnamese Tet?
5. What offer does Gearhart make for the troops, when it is realized that the squads are unequally staffed?
6. How does Richie kill his first Vietcong soldier, and what is his reaction to the killing?
7. How does Richie explain the shooting of the Vietcong soldier to his brother, Kenny?
8. What happens when the allies bring in a Vietnamese mother and her two small children found wandering around the rice paddies?
9. How does it come to be that Richie is shot?
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
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.
Essay Topic 2
Richie's medical records float through the novel, appearing regularly to remind the reader how unorganized then military office is during the war. Briefly explain what the medical records meant to Richie, and how their inability to be locked down led the reader to see the chaos and uncertainty of war.
Essay Topic 3
The dog tags of the soldiers are powerful symbols for their identification in the military. Describe the ways that the dog tags are used throughout the novel and explain the significance of the moment when all the dog tags of the fallen soldiers are lost.
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