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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, Going After Cacciato is a rumination on the idea of desertion. Paul Berlin longs to walk away from the war, and his fantasy of Cacciato's flight to Paris offers him a window into a desertion scenario. Write an essay about the agonized decision to desert, focusing on three moments in the novel:

Part 1) Why do the men of Third Squad choose to hold a vote on whether to continue the pursuit after they cross into Laos? What arguments are made, and who among the Squad cannot brook the idea of continuing on?

Part 2) When Third Squad is arrested for desertion in Tehran, how does Doc Peret defend them to Captain Rhallon? Why do they personally believe that they have not abandoned their greater mission?

Part 3) Sum up the Paris debate held between Sarkin Aung Wan and Paul Berlin. How does Paul Berlin defend his decision not to leave Third Squad? What temptation does he overcome?

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