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. Where do Snake and Hodges plan to ambush next?

2. Who is hit as Snake's company has point patrol in Go Noi?

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

4. What effect does the Army have on Cannonball's brother?

5. Chapter 9 What type of man is Angus Austin, the new Platoon Sergeant?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Snake, Cannonball, Senator, Bagger, and Cat Man find when they go to look for the missing men?

2. Why does Cannonball decide to join the Marines instead of the Army?

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Bobby proud to enlist in the Marines?

8. What does Bobby Hodges awaken to his first night in Vietnam?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Evaluate the relationship between Hodges and Mitsuko.

2) Are they a good match? Explain.

3) How do they interact with one another?

4) What are the qualities of their relationship?

5) Cite examples from the story proving their acceptance of one another and their role in the war.

Essay Topic 2

1) Choose a character from the novel and discuss his role as a hero.

2) Sketch out ideas about heroism with regards to the thoughts and actions of the character.

3) Does the hero plan out his actions or act spontaneously? Use examples from the novel.

4) Is the hero realistic in his actions or does he seem superhuman? Defend the answer with examples from 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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