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

2. Chapter 3 Where is Hodges processed and briefed?

3. What does Major Otto ask Hodges when they meet in the commander's tent?

4. What does Snake's mother find so frustrating about her son?

5. Why does Snake argue with Austin about the LP duty assignment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Hodges consider unfair when he confronts the enemy in the village?

7. What problems does Cannonball encounter in boot camp and Vietnam?

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

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

10. What does Speed suggest to Senator when Senator asks where he should go to resign from the Marines?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Analyze the image of the One Mile Killer Fields.

2) What do they symbolize?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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?

(see the answer keys)

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