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. Which member of Third Squad always daydreams abut what he'd do with a million dollars?

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

3. After New Years Day in Chapter 29, what year is it?

4. Cacciato tells Paul Berlin that the way to Paris is simple after one passes what city?

5. At the end of Chapter 40, Paul Berlin reasons that the root goal or the Vietnam War is to spread what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the hypothetical conversation Paul Berlin imagines with the young girl in hoop earrings.

3. How does Third Squad escape execution in Chapter 36?

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

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

6. Describe Cacciato in Chapter 31.

7. What does Buff's body look like when Cacciato finds it in Chapter 41?

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

9. Describe Captain Rhallon.

10. What news does Captain Rhallon bring Third Squad at the end of Chapter 33?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the character of Li Van Hgoc, O'Brien has created a complex portrait of the enemy for Third Squad to encounter, both a victim and perpetrator of Viet Cong cruelty.

Write an essay analyzing Li Van Hgoc and what O'Brien is saying about the nature of oppressive governance. How is Li Van Hgoc a threat to the safety of Third Squad, and why is he so kind and forthcoming? How does his faith illustrate the collective fate of the Vietnamese people in this cruel war?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The action of Going After Cacciato is characterized by long stretches of quiet and peace punctuated by by moments of sudden frenzy and violent panic. Write an essay about the dynamic between quiet and panic, in three parts:

Part 1) Why does Third Squad stop dead in its tracks when it arrives in Delhi? How is Lieutenant Corson affected by the peace of the region, and how do the other men respond? What finally breaks the quiet?

Part 2) How does Paul Berlin settle into Paris life more completely than the rest of the Squad? How does he nearly forget about the War entirely? What finally breaks the quiet?

Part 3) Write a paragraph about the silent village the Squad happens upon? How does the quiet drive the men of Third Squad to the breaking point? What finally breaks the quiet?

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