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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. Whose nineteenth birthday is celebrated by the troops when they return from the mission in the Vietnamese village?
2. What do the American soldiers do to the bodies of their dead soldiers to prevent the enemy from mutilating them?
3. Which of the following best describes Richie's life in the hospital?
4. What is attached to the young Vietnamese child that Peewee makes a doll for?
5. What does the squad advise the soldier, whose girlfriend proposed marriage, to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Richie do with his Purple Heart?
2. How does Richie explain the shooting of the Vietcong soldier to his brother, Kenny?
3. Who is with Brew when he dies?
4. When does Richie realize that Johnson would have been a natural-born leader?
5. What race relation issues come to light during the time of Vietnamese Tet?
6. How does Richie kill his first Vietcong soldier, and what is his reaction to the killing?
7. Where do Richie and Peewee spend the night when they are separated from their squad, and how do they find their way there?
8. What letter does Gearhart give to Richie and Walowick to hold onto?
9. What happens when the Vietnamese allies want the American troops to help them capture a crucial hill?
10. How does it come to be that Richie is shot?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the beginning of the novel, Rings makes a bizarre offer to RIchie and Peewee in order to cement their brotherhood.
Part 1) Describe the offer that RIngs presented and his reasoning behind it.
Part 2) Explain the ritual that Peewee and Richie partook in to cement their own brotherhood.
Part 3) Explain the way that Peewee and RIchie's ritual stuck with them throughout their time in war, and what it meant to them.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Even though race was a major issue with many of the soldiers in Richie's squad, the frost between the races began to thaw as the novel progressed.
Part 1) Explain the division of race that was present when Richie first entered his squad.
Part 2) Describe the ways that the tension between the races began to dissipate as the novel progressed.
Part 3) Explain why race cannot be a factor when a military squad is in battle.
This section contains 858 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)