Going After Cacciato Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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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 words does Paul Berlin state to himself without emotion as he watches Chapter 11's air-strike?

2. What appliance did Doc Peret disassemble as a child?

3. In what American city did Jolly Chand live for a period?

4. In Chapter 9, what is Doc Peret's special medicine for Bernie Lynn?

5. The sight of which soldier fills Sidney Martin with pride in Chapter 25?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul Berlin plan plan to cope with his fears in Chapter 31?

2. How does Paul Berlin lose Cacciato in Mandalay?

3. Describe Cacciato in Chapter 31.

4. What is the result of Chapter 3's vote?

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

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

7. What news does Doc Peret deliver to Lieutenant Corson at the beginning of the novel?

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

9. What does Buff's body look like when Cacciato finds it in Chapter 41?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

O'Brien juxtaposes the elegant, surprising and deeply thematic story of Cacciato's flight to Paris with the banal and meaningless true stories of various deaths in Third Squad.

Write an essay about the meaninglessness of battle, focusing on three squad deaths. How do these men die? Is it for a great cause? How does the squad respond to their deaths, and what lessons are learned from their passing?

Part 1) Bernie Lynn and Frenchie Tucker

Part 2) Buff

Part 3) Sidney Martin

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the juxtaposition of the two Lieutenants of the novel. What does Sidney Martin value above all int he War, and what does Lieutenant Corson value? How does the difference in age between these two men lead to these differing values? Explore the way the men of Third Squad respond to these two men. Which is beloved by the men and which is merely obeyed for a period?

Essay Topic 3

In the longer narrative of Going After Cacciato, Paul Berlin invents a number of figures that do not exist.

Write an essay about three of these figures. What function do they serve in the story? Do they stem from any real experience that Paul Berlin has? What do they say about the political or spiritual realities of the Vietnam War?

Part 1) Jolly Chand

Part 2) Captain Rhallon

Part 3) Sarkin Aung Wan

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