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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 tells Richie that there is no meaning to the war in Vietnam?
2. Whose decision is it to extend the troop's tour of duty for an additional thirty days?
3. After Richie's discussion with Johnson about the war protestors, what does he fall asleep thinking about?
4. In Earlene's letter to Richie, what does she apologize for?
5. Which soldier freezes in sudden panic and needs Gearhart to scream him back into obedience?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Richie do with his Purple Heart?
2. What happens when the Vietnamese allies want the American troops to help them capture a crucial hill?
3. What power struggle arises between Johnson and Stewart in the battlefield of the reclaimed hill?
4. Who is with Brew when he dies?
5. What happens during the Lieutenant Gearhart's first reconnaissance mission in Vietnam?
6. How does Richie explain the shooting of the Vietcong soldier to his brother, Kenny?
7. How does it come to be that Richie is shot?
8. How does Monaco escape the clutches of the Vietnamese soldiers?
9. What do the American soldiers see when they return to the village in Vietnam that they had recently tried to pacify?
10. Where do Richie and Peewee spend the night when they are separated from their squad, and how do they find their way there?
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
In many of his missions throughout Vietnam, Richie wonders whether the American troops are there to help the Vietnamese villages or there to harm them. Choose two instances in the novel in which the moral ambiguity of the situation was highlighted. Then, explain how those instances led to Richie's uncertainty over the war in general.
Essay Topic 3
In the novel, the reader sees Richie's view of family shift after he makes relationships with other soldiers in his squad.
Part 1) Describe Richie's relationship with his family back home before he enlists in the army.
Part 2) Describe the fantasies that Richie has about family while he is in Vietnam.
Part 3) Describe the way that Peewee, and other soldiers in the squad, fill in for blood family while Richie is away.
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