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

2. Where does the girl say she has contacts that can help the soldiers escape military duty?

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

4. Who discovers Buff's body in Chapter 41?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Chapter 31, what haunting event happens to Paul Berlin on his first day in the mountains?

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

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

7. Why does Third Squad intensify its search for Cacciato in Chapter 44?

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

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

10. Describe Cacciato in Chapter 31.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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?

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