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

2. On the bumpy ride into hot territory in Chapter 20, which Squad member falls to the floor of the Chinook and cannot get up?

3. In Chapter 14, why is Frenchie Tucker about to leave the front when he is shot?

4. Which character begins falling in love with Sarkin Aung Wan?

5. In Chapter 11, Sidney Martin calls in a massive air-strike following the death of which of his men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Third Squad need to leave Delhi in Chapter 26?

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

4. What does Paul Berlin hope regarding Cacciato?

5. How does Paul Berlin lose Cacciato in Mandalay?

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

7. What plans does Paul Berlin make for his return home in Chapter 5?

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

9. What finally prods Third Squad to consider killing Sidney Martin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Midway through Going After Cacciato, Paul Berlin states that a fellow soldier's death can only be classified as a fact. Write an essay on the topic of death in the novel. Is there such a thing as a good death or a bad death in O'Brien's universe or is all death equally meaningless? Is there any difference in the way the author presents Bernie Lynn's death and the execution in Tehran? Is there any intimation from Berlin that there may be something after death?

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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