Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW Test | Final Test - Hard

James N. Rowe
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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 does Rowe say that the guards refuse to accept?

2. At first, what do these men plan to do to Rowe?

3. What happens when Rowe is moved to another base?

4. What does he name them?

5. What happens to Rowe's camp?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Rowe is given nets and set lines for fishing and begins catching more than he can eat most days?

2. How does Rowe feel about being alone?

3. How does Rowe try to draw attention to himself? Why does he do it in this way?

4. How do the men benefit from fishing?

5. What does Rowe do for the men before they leave?

6. Describe Rowe's encounter with the news reporter.

7. What does Rowe learn about the rest of his stay at the camp?

8. Describe the moments soon after Rowe's rescue.

9. Why does Rowe decide to try another escape?

10. What happens when he arrives at the base?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Food is an important theme throughout the story.

Part 1) How is food a theme in this story? How important is food in this story? What does this say about one's basic needs?

Part 2) How is food used as a part of the Vietcong's psychological warfare? How does this affect the men?

Part 3) How different would the POW's situation have been if they had received adequate nutrition? Use the text to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

The men are given a Christmas celebration.

Part 1) Describe this celebration. Why are they given this celebration? Do the Vietcong truly care about them and want to give them something to celebrate? Why or why not?

Part 2) What happens after they celebrate? Why does this happen? Should this celebration have taken place? Why or why not?

Part 3) How might this celebration, as well as the overall treatment of the POWs, be connected to the Geneva Convention?

Essay Topic 3

Rowe is interviewed by a news reporter.

Part 1) Describe this interview. Why does Rowe respond the way he does? Do you believe many POWs responded the same way? Why or why not?

Par 2) How do the Vietcong continue to control Rowe's actions, as seen in this interview? What does this say about the power of psychological warfare?

Part 3) How did the media affect the Vietnam War? Why? How has this continued today? How has it changed the face of war? Is this good or bad? Why?

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