Going After Cacciato Test | Final Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the boy in Chapter 31 do involuntarily from time to time?

2. What part of Buff's body does Doc Peret refuse to collect?

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

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

5. Before leaving for Vietnam, Berlin's father tells him to keep an eye out for what?

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

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

Write an essay about the juxtaposition of the two Lieutenants of the novel. What does Sidney Martin value above all int he War, and what does Lieutenant Corson value? How does the difference in age between these two men lead to these differing values? Explore the way the men of Third Squad respond to these two men. Which is beloved by the men and which is merely obeyed for a period?

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