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 falls in love in Delhi?

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

3. Which of the following men votes to in Chapter 3 to turn back?

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

5. What words does Paul Berlin state to himself without emotion as he watches Chapter 11's air-strike?

Short Essay Questions

1. What difficulty arises when Lieutenant Corson tries to leave Li Van Hgoc's tunnel in Chapter 15?

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

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

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

5. Why does the Squad take a vote on whether to continue pursuing Cacciato in Chapter 3?

6. In what state is Pederson on the day he dies?

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

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

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

10. Describe some ways that the men of the Paul Berlin's platoon organize themselves.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

O'Brien juxtaposes the elegant, surprising and deeply thematic story of Cacciato's flight to Paris with the banal and meaningless true stories of various deaths in Third Squad.

Write an essay about the meaninglessness of battle, focusing on three squad deaths. How do these men die? Is it for a great cause? How does the squad respond to their deaths, and what lessons are learned from their passing?

Part 1) Bernie Lynn and Frenchie Tucker

Part 2) Buff

Part 3) Sidney Martin

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