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 the one thing that Austin tells Hodges he won't tolerate?

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

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

4. What does Bagger realize after he goes home to his wife and child for some R&R?

5. What does Cat Man do after he quits school at sixteen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Bagger explain to his Marine buddies when he gets back from R&R?

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

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

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

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

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) Discuss how Goodrich grows as a character from the beginning of the novel to the end.

2) How do his attitudes change toward the Vietnam War?

3) How does his attitude about his classmates change?

4) What are the differences in his attitude toward war protesters from the beginning to the end of 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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