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 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

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 2

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 3

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?

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