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 European river do the men cross at the end of Chapter 40?

2. After setting off a booby trap, what action does Billy Boy Watkins keep attempting to do?

3. What does Captain Rhallon repeatedly say he would rather be doing than legal work?

4. To what movie player of villains does Stink Harris compare the executed man?

5. With what word does Paul Berlin describe Billy Boy Watkins' death in Chapter 32?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cacciato require convincing regarding the Martin murder?

2. How does Third Squad determine happens to Buff's big gun?

3. How does Third Squad gain control of the VW van?

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

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

6. Describe the girl from California in Chapter 40.

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

8. How does Doc Peret get Third Squad out of trouble with Iranian authorities in Chapter 29?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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