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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. How does Stink Harris lose his hold on Cacciato in the brush?
2. In Chapter 9, what does Stink Harris refuse to do for Doc Peret?
3. What proclamation does Doc Peret repeatedly make as the squad travels on the cart?
4. What is Lieutenant Martin's primary concern in Vietnam?
5. Through what nearby country does Cacciato tell Berlin he intends to pass on his way to Paris?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the result of Chapter 3's vote?
2. What difficulty arises when Lieutenant Corson tries to leave Li Van Hgoc's tunnel in Chapter 15?
3. Why does Third Squad need to leave Delhi in Chapter 26?
4. Why does the Squad take a vote on whether to continue pursuing Cacciato in Chapter 3?
5. What surprise announcement does the Lieutenant make to Third Squad in Chapter 26?
6. What plans does Paul Berlin make for his return home in Chapter 5?
7. Why do Stink Harris and Bernie Lynn have a falling out?
8. What decision does Paul Berlin make at the observation tower in Chapter 8?
9. What finally prods Third Squad to consider killing Sidney Martin?
10. Why does Paul Berlin feel guilty for Frenchie Tucker and Bernie Lynn's deaths?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
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 character of Cacciato in the novel exists on two different planes: the Cacciato that exists, and the the Cacciato that exists in Paul Berlin's mind.
Write an essay about Cacciato as he appears in three different points in the novel. It this appearance real or invented? What is Cacciato doing, and how does this further the story? Does Cacciato seem to have any major objective?
Part 1) Cacciato in Delhi
Part 2) Cacciato outside the prison cell in Tehran
Part 3) Cacciato in the World's Greatest Lake Country
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