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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 45, what does Paul Berlin recall is the last word he ever said to Cacciato?
2. According to the major at Paul Berlin's promotion review, why are they fighting in Vietnam?
3. Who makes of up the phrase "The World's Greatest Lake Country?"
4. Who discovers Buff's body in Chapter 41?
5. As he marches with Third Squad in Chapter 31, what does Paul Berlin plan to do in the coming weeks?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Third Squad determine happens to Buff's big gun?
2. How does Third Squad escape execution in Chapter 36?
3. What public event does Third Squad witness in Chapter 29?
4. What news does Captain Rhallon bring Third Squad at the end of Chapter 33?
5. What lesson does Oscar Johnson declare should be learned from Buff's death?
6. How does Lieutenant Martin precipitate his own murder in Chapter 34?
7. Describe Sarkin Aung Wan and Paul Berlin's debate in Chapter 44.
8. What does Paul Berlin rationalize is the essential purpose of the Vietnam War at the end of Chapter 40?
9. Why does Doc Peret have to admit to the Cacciato chase in Chapter 33?
10. Describe Captain Rhallon.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
This section contains 1,000 words
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