Going After Cacciato Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In Chapter 16, what do the men start doing to pass time during a period of relative quiet?

2. What item does Cacciato strew on the road to guide Third Squad?

3. Where does Paul Berlin decide he will take a flat when he moves to Paris after the war?

4. What are the "lakes" of the The World's Greatest Lake Country?

5. What name does Sarkin Aung Wan call Paul Berlin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What argument does Captain Rhallon make in Chapter 29 regarding the importance of a well-respected mission in War?

2. Describe Lieutenant Corson.

3. Why does Paul Berlin feel guilty for Frenchie Tucker and Bernie Lynn's deaths?

4. In Chapter 31, what haunting event happens to Paul Berlin on his first day in the mountains?

5. How does Lieutenant Martin precipitate his own murder in Chapter 34?

6. What lesson does Oscar Johnson declare should be learned from Buff's death?

7. How does Sidney Martin aggravate Third Squad in Chapter 25?

8. How does Third Squad gain control of the VW van?

9. How does Doc Peret get Third Squad out of trouble with Iranian authorities in Chapter 29?

10. What finally prods Third Squad to consider killing Sidney Martin?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The action of Going After Cacciato is characterized by long stretches of quiet and peace punctuated by by moments of sudden frenzy and violent panic. Write an essay about the dynamic between quiet and panic, in three parts:

Part 1) Why does Third Squad stop dead in its tracks when it arrives in Delhi? How is Lieutenant Corson affected by the peace of the region, and how do the other men respond? What finally breaks the quiet?

Part 2) How does Paul Berlin settle into Paris life more completely than the rest of the Squad? How does he nearly forget about the War entirely? What finally breaks the quiet?

Part 3) Write a paragraph about the silent village the Squad happens upon? How does the quiet drive the men of Third Squad to the breaking point? What finally breaks the quiet?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout Going After Cacciato, both the author and the characters in the novel debate the reasons for American involvement in Vietnam. Write an essay about American interventionism, focusing on three instances in the narrative:

Part 1) In Tehran, Third Squad sits down for a drink with Captain Rhallon of the Iranian Savak. Why does he think America is having such a difficult time in Vietnam? How does Doc Peret respond to Rhallon's theory?

Part 2) Write a paragraph about Paul Berlin's promotion review for Spec Four. What reason does the unnamed major give for America's involvement in Vietnam? How does Paul Berlin respond to this?

Part 3) What hypothetical conversation does Paul Berlin hold with the young crying girl in a village Third Squad burned? What does he want to tell her about his reasons for coming to fight in her homeland?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay detailing how Third Squad is a microcosm for the functional military as a whole, focusing on three allegorical characters and how the rest of the Squad relates to them:

Part 1) Lieutenant Sidney Martin represents the unquestioned mission-focused structure of the military. How is his conception of Vietnam dangerous to his men and incompatible with reality? How does Third Squad respond to him?

Part 2) How Oscar Johnson a response to Sidney Martin? Does he represent unofficial standard operating procedure? In what ways is he the most powerful figure in Third Squad as a result?

Part 3) If Martin and Johnson represent the most unyielding of war, how does Doc Peret represent the flexible compassion that combat engenders? What actions does he take that illustrate this?

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