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Going After Cacciato Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Write an essay about the character of Sarkin Aung Wan. How does she first appear to the reader in the narrative, and what are her origins as a fictitious creation? Why does Paul Berlin feel the need to add her to his war story? What purpose does she serve in his life? Analyze their final debate determine her function in Paul Berlin's delusion.

Going After Cacciato is a mixture of fantasy and harsh reality, and the way in which Tim O'Brien interweaves these is as daring as any of the battles in the story.

Write an essay, in which you focus on three moments when fact and fantasy intersect. How does O'Brien make clear to the reader that he is shifting between these two planes? Where do these connections happen, and what characters do they involve?

In the character of Li Van Hgoc, O'Brien has created a complex portrait of the enemy for Third Squad to encounter, both a victim and perpetrator of Viet Cong cruelty.

Write an essay analyzing Li Van Hgoc and what O'Brien is saying about the nature of oppressive governance. How is Li Van Hgoc a threat to the safety of Third Squad, and why is he so kind and forthcoming? How does his faith illustrate the collective fate of the Vietnamese people in this cruel war?

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