Fields of Fire Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

James Webb
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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. Chapter 10 What is available to the men at Liberty Bridge?

2. What happens as Waterbull sits under his hooch looking at a picture?

3. What is the extent of Vitelli's injuries?

4. What does Roland decide to do when he receives his draft notice?

5. What do four hippies sitting outside a restaurant call Gilliland?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the men tease Bagger when the song, "These Eyes" plays on the radio?

2. What is the result of the investigation of the banana trees just off the trail that Hodges' men are following?

3. How do Senator's college friends find ways to avoid the draft?

4. What does Speed suggest to Senator when Senator asks where he should go to resign from the Marines?

5. What does Bagger explain to his Marine buddies when he gets back from R&R?

6. What unreasonable expectations does Angus Austin expect from the men?

7. What does Major Otto tell Hodges about the bush?

8. Why does Snake argue with Austin's order to send a platoon on the other side of the wire at the tree line for LP?

9. What problems does Cannonball encounter in boot camp and Vietnam?

10. What becomes of Baby Cakes, Ogre, and the engineer as they dig out an abandoned bomb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Naturalism emphasizes that humans act by instinct, similar to animals, or compulsively driven by circumstances beyond their control.

1) Summarize three figurative comparisons that suggest either the animal nature of Snake or the compulsive nature of his actions.

2) Explain the answers as examples of Naturalism.

Essay Topic 2

Goodrich presents moral dilemmas to his comrades' behavior throughout the novel.

1) How do Goodrich and the other men in his unit respond differently to their plights?

2) Which characters are more realistic in their responses to the dangers that they face and the moral questions they deal with?

3) Cite examples from the novel where Goodrich was adverse to the actions of the other men in his unit.

4) Whose actions are more realistic considering the situations they face?

Essay Topic 3

1) Compare and contrast the characters of Hodges and Kersey.

2) Summarize the impact each character has on the story.

3) How is each character realistic in his view toward life, considering the time period in which the story takes place?

4) How do their roles as soldiers differ? Cite examples from the novel.

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