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 does Paul Berlin think about during the Chapter 25 mountain march?

2. In the latrine in Chapter 4, whose name does Paul Berlin see written on the wall?

3. What does Cacciato use as a walking stick in Chapter 25?

4. Through what nearby country does Cacciato tell Berlin he intends to pass on his way to Paris?

5. In Chapter 21, the delirious Lieutenant tells Paul Berlin what truth about their situation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do two men from Third Squad die in Chapter 9?

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

3. What news does Doc Peret deliver to Lieutenant Corson at the beginning of the novel?

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 does Paul Berlin hope regarding Cacciato?

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

8. What is the result of Chapter 3's vote?

9. Why do living circumstances become awkward for Third Squad in Delhi?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Write an essay detailing how Third Squad is a microcosm for the functional military as a whole, focusing on three allegorical characters and how the rest of the Squad relates to them:

Part 1) Lieutenant Sidney Martin represents the unquestioned mission-focused structure of the military. How is his conception of Vietnam dangerous to his men and incompatible with reality? How does Third Squad respond to him?

Part 2) How Oscar Johnson a response to Sidney Martin? Does he represent unofficial standard operating procedure? In what ways is he the most powerful figure in Third Squad as a result?

Part 3) If Martin and Johnson represent the most unyielding of war, how does Doc Peret represent the flexible compassion that combat engenders? What actions does he take that illustrate this?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the juxtaposition of the two Lieutenants of the novel. What does Sidney Martin value above all int he War, and what does Lieutenant Corson value? How does the difference in age between these two men lead to these differing values? Explore the way the men of Third Squad respond to these two men. Which is beloved by the men and which is merely obeyed for a period?

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