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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. In the attempt to escape the Vietnamese troops, where is Richie shot?
2. Whose decision is it to extend the troop's tour of duty for an additional thirty days?
3. How did Richie know Johnny Robinson?
4. Which character strongly wishes he had a wife a kids waiting for him at home?
5. Which soldier promises to come to Richie and Peewee's aid if problems arise in camp over their new lieutenant?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is with Brew when he dies?
2. Why do the rescue choppers open fire on the Vietnamese allies?
3. What offer does Gearhart make for the troops, when it is realized that the squads are unequally staffed?
4. What does Richie do with his Purple Heart?
5. What race relation issues come to light during the time of Vietnamese Tet?
6. When does Richie realize that Johnson would have been a natural-born leader?
7. What do the American soldiers see when they return to the village in Vietnam that they had recently tried to pacify?
8. Where do Richie and Peewee spend the night when they are separated from their squad, and how do they find their way there?
9. How does Monaco escape the clutches of the Vietnamese soldiers?
10. How do the American soldiers prepare the bodies of their fallen soldiers so that the enemy cannot mutilate them?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
All of the soldiers in Richie's squad have joined the army for very different reasons. Choose three soldiers from Richie's squad and briefly describe their reasons for joining the army. Then, explain how those motivations affected the soldier's performance in battle.
Essay Topic 3
Richie struggles, through much of the novel, to differentiate the difference between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" in war. Explain Richie's though process and how its changed over his time in Vietnam. Then briefly explain how the novel presents the idea of what is "good" and "bad" about war.
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