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 happens as Waterbull sits under his hooch looking at a picture?

2. What takes place while Boomer and Gilliland inspect the Vietnamese soldier who is dressed like a mamasan?

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

4. How many of the four men on first watch at LP duty survive the night?

5. What does Cat Man believe he is meant to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Angus Austin become wounded?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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) 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?

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