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?
One recurring theme throughout the full Tim O'Brien cannon is the war story. Write an essay about the idea of the war story and its function in the world of the combat serviceman. How is the war story a form of first-aid to the traumatized soldier? When do the characters in the novel bust out their well-developed war stories? How are war stories that are, perhaps, the least factual also the most truthful? Do they add meaning to the meaningless violence of war?
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.
There are two Paul Berlins in Going After Cacciato: the weak-willed bad soldier of the real chapters, and the one that presses onward and gets the girl in the Cacciato story. Write an essay comparing these two. How does the protagonist of the novel reinvent himself in half the chapters? How does this reinvention help him deal with his desperate shortcomings in the other half of the novel? TO what extent is the second Paul Berlin a defense for the first?
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