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. Chapter 8 How does Senator's friend, John Grimsley, get out of going to Vietnam?

2. Chapter 12 What kind of a childhood did Phony have?

3. Chapter 20 Where is Gilliland meeting his wife on his last day as a Marine?

4. Where is Goodrich attending college when he decides to enlist in the Marines?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main reason Ronnie enlists in the Marines?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What becomes of Baby Cakes, Ogre, and the engineer as they dig out an abandoned bomb?

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

9. What is Goodrich's reaction as the platoon walks through Go Noi Island?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Describe the unexpected act of Goodrich when he speaks at the anti-war rally.

2) Why does he think Snake would be proud of his actions?

3) What evidence of change takes place in Goodrich's personality?

4) How does he regard himself in this new role he makes for himself?

Essay Topic 2

1) Write an introduction to the novel discussing James Webb's writing style, use of dialogue, irony, imagery, and point of view of the characters.

2) How do these literary elements affect the story?

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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