Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1, Days Abstract
* 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...
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