Going After Cacciato Test | Final 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. What season is it at the end of Chapter 40?

2. In Chapter 36, what does Cacciato slip through the prison window to Paul Berlin?

3. Who finally makes the move to steal the van for the girl driving?

4. At the end of Chapter 44, what does Sarkin Aung Wan state at the beginning of her speech she is pleading for?

5. Who discovers Buff's body in Chapter 41?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Squad occasionally march down trails likely to be booby trapped?

2. What shift in power does Lieutenant Corson acknowledge as he speaks to Paul Berlin in Chapter 43?

3. How does Lieutenant Martin precipitate his own murder in Chapter 34?

4. How does Third Squad manage to depart the ocean liner at the beginning of Chapter 40?

5. In Chapter 31, what haunting event happens to Paul Berlin on his first day in the mountains?

6. What lesson does Oscar Johnson declare should be learned from Buff's death?

7. Why does Third Squad intensify its search for Cacciato in Chapter 44?

8. What implied ultimatum does Sarkin Aung Wan make to Paul Berlin in Chapter 43?

9. Describe Sarkin Aung Wan and Paul Berlin's debate in Chapter 44.

10. Describe Captain Rhallon.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One recurring theme throughout the full Tim O'Brien cannon is the war story. Write an essay about the idea of the war story and its function in the world of the combat serviceman. How is the war story a form of first-aid to the traumatized soldier? When do the characters in the novel bust out their well-developed war stories? How are war stories that are, perhaps, the least factual also the most truthful? Do they add meaning to the meaningless violence of war?

Essay Topic 2

The character of Cacciato in the novel exists on two different planes: the Cacciato that exists, and the the Cacciato that exists in Paul Berlin's mind.

Write an essay about Cacciato as he appears in three different points in the novel. It this appearance real or invented? What is Cacciato doing, and how does this further the story? Does Cacciato seem to have any major objective?

Part 1) Cacciato in Delhi

Part 2) Cacciato outside the prison cell in Tehran

Part 3) Cacciato in the World's Greatest Lake Country

Essay Topic 3

Going After Cacciato is a mixture of fantasy and harsh reality, and the way in which Tim O'Brien interweaves these is as daring as any of the battles in the story.

Write an essay, in which you focus on three moments when fact and fantasy intersect. How does O'Brien make clear to the reader that he is shifting between these two planes? Where do these connections happen, and what characters do they involve?

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