Fortunate Son Test | Final Test - Hard

Lewis Burwell Puller Jr.
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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. Why does Lewis take a six week leave of absence from work in Chapter 8?

2. In what state is Lewis running for office?

3. In Chapter 9, what does Lewis do for three days?

4. In Chapter 6, which tragic event reinforces Lewis's lack of faith in the country's leaders?

5. What affect does Lewis's war record have on his campaign?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Chesty's death affect Lewis?

2. How does Lewis's work with the Paralyzed Veterans of America affect his motivation?

3. What is in the letter Dr. Sandzen shows Lewis?

4. What does Lewis decide to do with his life after election night?

5. How does Lewis's drinking affect his work and family life?

6. How does collegiate life affect Lewis' view of the Marine Corps?

7. Describe the operation Dr. Willet attempts on Lewis's right hand.

8. Why are Lewis's friends surprised by his choice of actions after the election?

9. How does the symbolic disposal of medals by some veterans in 1971 affect Lewis?

10. Why does Lewis have problems with his co-workers at the Office of General Counsel of the Veterans Administration?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the importance of Lewis's meeting with the Soviet veterans. What internal conflicts does each party struggle with and how are those conflicts resolved? How do the two groups provide each other with a sense of closure and healing?

Essay Topic 2

How do Lewis and his platoon cope with the stress of war while in Vietnam? Why are their patrols rotated so often? What coping mechanisms does Lewis develop that he wishes he could have avoided?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Paul Barent's influence on Lewis's life. How does his presence affect Lewis's recovery? What support does he offer during and after his stay in the hospital? How might Lewis's life have been different if Paul had not been Lewis's roommate?

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