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

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

3. What do the Marines do with the bodies of Baby Cakes and Ogre?

4. Chapter 5 What does Major Otto have on his arm that he received during his first tour of duty?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Gilliland reach Pismo Beach to meet his wife after being discharged from the Marines?

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

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

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

10. Why does Snake give Goodrich the nickname, Senator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Goodrich is one of the main constants throughout the novel. He is mentioned in all parts of the story and everyone's life seems to revolve around him.

1) Explain how Goodrich and the characters intertwine as the book progresses.

2) What relationship does he have with Hodges, Snake, Bagger, Phony, Mark, and his parents?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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