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. Why does Sidney Martin take so long to get air support after the tunnel attacks?

2. What finally breaks the unnerving calm at the end of Chapter 16?

3. In Chapter 9, what is Doc Peret's special medicine for Bernie Lynn?

4. What does Paul Berlin plan to stop doing after the war is over?

5. Which of the following is Paul Berlin shocked not to see on the mountain road in Chapter 25?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Stink Harris and Bernie Lynn have a falling out?

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

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

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

5. Why does Paul Berlin feel guilty for Frenchie Tucker and Bernie Lynn's deaths?

6. Describe Paul Berlin's call home in Chapter 24.

7. How does Paul Berlin lose Cacciato in Mandalay?

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

9. Describe Lieutenant Corson.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about the character of Sarkin Aung Wan. How does she first appear to the reader in the narrative, and what are her origins as a fictitious creation? Why does Paul Berlin feel the need to add her to his war story? What purpose does she serve in his life? Analyze their final debate determine her function in Paul Berlin's delusion.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay charting the progression of Oscar Johnson. How does he begin as a sympathetic figure - a man who cares for the safety of Third Squad - and slowly become a major antagonist to Paul Berlin? What does Oscar care for primarily? How are his grievances against the cavalier Sidney Martin similar to his grievances against the incompetent and deluded Paul Berlin?

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