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. The street the Squad takes to escape Tehran is named after what American President?

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

3. According to Doc Peret in Chapter 29, what is the root of Lieutenant Corson's illness?

4. What item does Paul Berlin borrow from the sleeping Eddie in Chapter 30?

5. What is Paul Berlin surprised to still see in French countryside?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the girl from California in Chapter 40.

5. How does Paul Berlin plan plan to cope with his fears in Chapter 31?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three times over the course of the Cacciato pursuit, Third Squad escapes certain death with little or no explanation as to how their salvation came about. Write an essay about these instances and what they say about the nature of the Cacciato war story:

Part 1) What does the Squad discover in the VC tunnels on the Vietnam-Laos border? How does this experience inform Paul Berlin's understanding of the enemy, and how - in the end - does Third Squad escape the tunnels? Where do they emerge?

Part 2) How does Third Squad nearly die in Tehran? What eventually saves them, and to what extent do these rescuing agents seem to appear out of Paul Berlin's mind?

Part 3) Which member of Third Squad disappears when the ocean-liner to Greece is suddenly searched? How do the remaining men manage to escape what seems like an inescapable situation?

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