Going After Cacciato Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Paul Berlin is clearly a surrogate for Tim O'Brien in Going After Cacciato, developing the narrative as it is happening. Write an essay analyzing the storyteller role of Paul Berlin in the novel. How is Berlin's greatest weakness his tendency to self-mythologize? Is the central narrative of the novel, in fact, a massive self-delusion? In the end, is the creation of this delusion something beautiful, alarming, or both?

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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