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 race does Doc Peret say is evident in Cacciato's appearance?

2. What words does Paul Berlin state to himself without emotion as he watches Chapter 11's air-strike?

3. Why does Sidney Martin take so long to get air support after the tunnel attacks?

4. What proclamation does Doc Peret repeatedly make as the squad travels on the cart?

5. What item do the men find in their search of the train in Chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Sidney Martin's values regarding war as described in Chapter 25?

2. How does Cacciato toy with the Third Squad in this chapter?

3. How does Paul Berlin succeed in keeping Sarkin Aung Wan with Third Squad?

4. How does the Squad figure out that they are on the same train that Cacciato took?

5. How does Sarkin Aung Wan react to Paul Berlin's description of their mission?

6. Describe Lieutenant Corson.

7. Why can the Mayor of Ovissil not read Paul Berlin's history?

8. How does the quiet of the village in Chapter 16 become insidious?

9. What decision does Paul Berlin make at the observation tower in Chapter 8?

10. In what state is Pederson on the day he dies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one member of the Cacciato search party and write an essay analyzing his attitude toward the mission. At any point in the mission, does he grow convinced that Third Squad is deserting? What was his attitude toward Cacciato before Cacciato disappeared into the jungle? How does the mission to Paris change this character's attitude toward the world, the war, and his fellow soldiers?

Essay Topic 2

Going After Cacciato, as a novel, is the dueling of two narratives. One, the story of Cacciato's flight to Paris, is beautiful, meaningful, and false. The other, the story of Sidney Martin's murder, is nihilistic, sad, and sadly factual. It is a war story that cannot be told. Write an essay about the dynamic of between these two stories. Why does one necessitate the creation of the other? Why is the latter entirely unsatisfactory as a story? Does it have any substantive lesson to teach?

Essay Topic 3

The narrative of the novel begins with the announcement that Cacciato, the simpleton, has set off into the jungle to walk to Paris. Although the men of Third Squad are annoyed, they do not question the impetus that drove Cacciato. Write an essay on Paris as a symbol in Going After Cacciato. Why does the idea of walking to Paris appeal to all of the men in the Squad? What does Paris represent to each of them, and what doe they find themselves doing once they arrive?

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