If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Tim O'Brien
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Chapter Abstracts

Chapter 1, Days

* The novel is narrated by O'Brien, a college-educated foot soldier.

* Alpha company is the name of the company in which O'Brien is a member.

* They spend their day marching (a.k.a. humping) which becomes very boring and routine for the soldiers. Barney tries to keep it interesting by cracking jokes.

* Sometimes the soldiers send out unintentional signals to the enemy by lighting cigarettes or daydreaming instead of paying attention.

* The soldiers have to check tunnels, which is scary for them all. When they discover some tunnels in a village, they decide to throw down grenades instead of sending a soldier down.

* This leads to a fire fight with some Viet Cong who were hiding in the jungle. The soldiers fire bullets everywhere without direction.

* Eventually, they heat up their rations, clean up a little and prepare for the night.

Chapter 2, Pro Patria

* A flashback happens...

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