Fields of Fire Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is Hodges thinking as he watches his men dying in Arizona Valley?

2. Chapter 5 What does Major Otto have on his arm that he received during his first tour of duty?

3. Who makes snide comments about the Chaplain who is leading a memorial service for the fallen men?

4. What changes Hodges' mind about being excited to be in the war?

5. Chapter 21 What is Snake's reaction at seeing Ogre and Baby Cakes again?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hodges notice in his old classmate that he meets in the mess hall?

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

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

4. How does Gilliland reach Pismo Beach to meet his wife after being discharged from the Marines?

5. What does Goodrich say to the crowd of anti-war protesters when they ask him to speak?

6. What is Hodges' reply when his classmate asks him if they can still win the war?

7. Why does a three star General arrive at Hodges' platoon?

8. What is the reaction of Hodges' son when Mitsuko takes him to see his father's memorial?

9. What does Snake do when he sees Senator in the hole?

10. What is Mitsuko's response when Hodges asks her to marry him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

1) What role does racism play in the novel?

2) Explain the relevance of the Black Shack and the effect it has on both the white and black soldiers.

3) Describe the unrest that racism causes between white and black men fighting and relying upon one another in battle.

4) Specifically, analyze the moral dilemma that Cannonball faces because of racism during the war.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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