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. What does Goodrich plan to do when he gets into the Marines?

2. What does Snake tell Goodrich to keep his mouth shut about?

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

4. Chapter 1 What does Snake do when he encounters Smack-man?

5. Chapter 15 Why does Dan leave his family to fight in the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the circumstances when Cat Man arrives in America from Mexico?

2. Why do the men always dig new fighting holes, rather than use old holes that they find?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What kind of childhood did Phony experience?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) What images does Webb use to describe the Killer Fields as the men cross through them?

2) How do these images have different meaning for different people?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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