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. Who first informs the Lieutenant that Cacciato has gone AWOL?

2. What kind of animal do the Third Squad see Cacciato swinging around in this chapter?

3. What item informs Third Squad that Cacciato has left Delhi in Chapter 26?

4. In Chapter 22, the author mentions that which man was never expected to survive the war and didn't?

5. In Chapter 9, what does Stink Harris refuse to do for Doc Peret?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul Berlin lose Cacciato in Mandalay?

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

3. Describe Lieutenant Corson.

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

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

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

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

8. How does Sidney Martin aggravate Third Squad in Chapter 25?

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

10. How does the Squad figure out that they are on the same train that Cacciato took?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one member of the Cacciato search party and write an essay analyzing his attitude toward the mission. At any point in the mission, does he grow convinced that Third Squad is deserting? What was his attitude toward Cacciato before Cacciato disappeared into the jungle? How does the mission to Paris change this character's attitude toward the world, the war, and his fellow soldiers?

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

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?

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