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 form of public execution does the Squad attend in Chapter 29?

2. What type of tree is Paul Berlin surprised to notice in Chapter 41?

3. In Chapter 39, Paul Berlin acknowledges that he went to war because he believes in what?

4. In Chapter 45, what does Paul Berlin recall is the last word he ever said to Cacciato?

5. What did Paul Berlin consider majoring in when he thought of attending the University of Iowa?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Captain Rhallon.

3. Describe Cacciato in Chapter 31.

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

5. Why does Doc Peret have to admit to the Cacciato chase in Chapter 33?

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

7. How does Paul Berlin feel about death in Chapter 32?

8. What argument does Captain Rhallon make in Chapter 29 regarding the importance of a well-respected mission in War?

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

10. Describe the girl from California in Chapter 40.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the longer narrative of Going After Cacciato, Paul Berlin invents a number of figures that do not exist.

Write an essay about three of these figures. What function do they serve in the story? Do they stem from any real experience that Paul Berlin has? What do they say about the political or spiritual realities of the Vietnam War?

Part 1) Jolly Chand

Part 2) Captain Rhallon

Part 3) Sarkin Aung Wan

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The narrative of the novel begins with the announcement that Cacciato, the simpleton, has set off into the jungle to walk to Paris. Although the men of Third Squad are annoyed, they do not question the impetus that drove Cacciato. Write an essay on Paris as a symbol in Going After Cacciato. Why does the idea of walking to Paris appeal to all of the men in the Squad? What does Paris represent to each of them, and what doe they find themselves doing once they arrive?

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