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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. Which of the following best describes the fight in which the troops is attempting to reclaim Vietnamese land?
2. Which soldier freezes in sudden panic and needs Gearhart to scream him back into obedience?
3. What reason does Captain Stewart give to the soldiers as to why they will be going on a reconnaissance mission?
4. During the fight to reclaim Vietnamese land, what part of Dongan's body is blown off?
5. What does Richie do when Brew is dying?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Monaco escape the clutches of the Vietnamese soldiers?
2. Where do Richie and Peewee spend the night when they are separated from their squad, and how do they find their way there?
3. What letter does Gearhart give to Richie and Walowick to hold onto?
4. How are Richie and Peewee separated from the rest of their troop?
5. How does it come to be that Richie is shot?
6. When does Richie realize that Johnson would have been a natural-born leader?
7. What conversation does Richie get into with Johnson about the war protesters?
8. What race relation issues come to light during the time of Vietnamese Tet?
9. Who is with Brew when he dies?
10. What happens when the Vietnamese allies want the American troops to help them capture a crucial hill?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
The title of the novel is a very powerful one. Briefly describe the scene in which the title of the novel was first mentioned, and then explain how the title acts as a symbol for the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam war.
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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