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. Why doesn't Baby Cakes want Ogre with him?

2. What does Roland learn after he is in the military?

3. Chapter 16 Where do black men go to talk about racism and an unjust world?

4. What is the one thing that Austin tells Hodges he won't tolerate?

5. What is Cannonball's reaction to Homicide's comments about fighting a white man's war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the villagers carrying as they approach Hodges and his men?

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

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

4. Who is wounded during enemy fire in An Hoa?

5. Why does Snake give Goodrich the nickname, Senator?

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

7. What does Goodrich see hanging from the helicopter that passes above him?

8. What are the results of the investigation into Snake's participation in the killing of the civilian's that Senator reported?

9. Why does Snake disagree with Kersey's order to move the men to the paddy?

10. How does Angus Austin become wounded?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze Goodrich's final acts in the story.

2) Was his character still misunderstood in the end? Justify the answer with examples from the story.

3) What alternatives did he have at the climax of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Each of the characters presented in Hodges' unit had different reasons for enlisting in the Marines.

1) Summarize the reasons of at least four of the characters in the novel.

2) Compare the character's views when they enlisted to their attitudes toward the Marines once they are actually serving in Vietnam.

3) How does each of the characters lose their innocent view of their role in the war? Cite examples from the novel.

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