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 14 What is Gilliland looking forward to after his ten years of military service?

2. Where is Goodrich attending college when he decides to enlist in the Marines?

3. What does Austin rip off Phony's back?

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

5. Why does Sadler decide to dismantle the old bomb buried in the dirt?

Short Essay Questions

1. What becomes of Dan and his men when they are on the road to Laos?

2. What does Hodges see as he peers through the fog?

3. What is in the letter that Bagger takes from a dead VC soldier?

4. What does Hodges' mother do with the flag and gold medal she receives that Hodges earned while in the war?

5. What type of songs does Senator sing and play on his guitar after Hodges returns?

6. What is Goodrich's reaction as the platoon walks through Go Noi Island?

7. What does Gilliland tell Hodges about the attitude of the civilians back in the States?

8. What is Kersey's reply when Hodges asks if there is anywhere dry where his men can wait out of the rain?

9. Explain the circumstances when Bagger enlists in the Marines.

10. Describe Dan's family and what becomes of them?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

1) Evaluate the elements of cause and effect in this story using examples from the novel.

2) Choose three events from the story which cause Senator's life to undergo a change.

3) How does he react to the events and their effects?

4) How does he grow emotionally in his own life and in his attitude toward the people in his life because of these changes?

Essay Topic 2

1) Discuss how Goodrich grows as a character from the beginning of the novel to the end.

2) How do his attitudes change toward the Vietnam War?

3) How does his attitude about his classmates change?

4) What are the differences in his attitude toward war protesters from the beginning to the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

1) Interpret examples of human weakness and heroism depicted in the novel.

2) Cite examples of how each is valid with regard to the fear and danger each character encounters.

3) How realistic is Webb in his descriptions of these human qualities?

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