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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. Who opens fire on the Vietnamese soldiers?
2. What is Johnson's advice to Richie when they are discussing the war protesters?
3. What is the name of the soldier's new base, that they are moved to under Lieutenant Gearhart's command?
4. What do the American soldiers do to the bodies of their dead soldiers to prevent the enemy from mutilating them?
5. What does Richie think that his time in the hospital has done to him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when the Vietnamese allies want the American troops to help them capture a crucial hill?
2. When does Richie realize that Johnson would have been a natural-born leader?
3. What do the American soldiers see when they return to the village in Vietnam that they had recently tried to pacify?
4. What happens when the allies bring in a Vietnamese mother and her two small children found wandering around the rice paddies?
5. In Kenny's letter to Richie about Johnny Robinson, what does he say?
6. How does it come to be that Richie is shot?
7. How do the American soldiers prepare the bodies of their fallen soldiers so that the enemy cannot mutilate them?
8. How are Richie and Peewee separated from the rest of their troop?
9. What does Richie do with his Purple Heart?
10. What offer does Gearhart make for the troops, when it is realized that the squads are unequally staffed?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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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