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Tim O'Brien
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following describes the nickname for the time period in which O'Brien was born?
(a) Depression
(b) Baby boom
(c) Holocaust
(d) Cold war

2. What does the forest symbolize to O'Brien?
(a) Anger
(b) Inability to be reassured
(c) Fear
(d) Disgust

3. What does the term ingratiate mean?
(a) Respond to
(b) Move away from
(c) Curry favor
(d) Despise

4. With whom does O'Brien request a meeting?
(a) Drill sergeant
(b) Battalion commander
(c) Parents
(d) Chaplain

5. In which of the following wars did O'Brien's parents serve?
(a) Korea
(b) WWII
(c) WWI
(d) Vietnam

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the lake which O'Brien likes to ride around?

2. Which term means to march with items such as a pack or some military supplies?

3. On which peninsula does chapter eleven occur?

4. What is located in Chu Lai?

5. Where is Alpha Company when O'Brien arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Alpha Company do for protection at night?

2. Describe the backdrop for O'Brien's upbringing.

3. Describe Alpha Company as O'Brien first meets them.

4. What does O'Brien admit to the reader at the end of chapter three?

5. Why does the Chaplain disappoint O'Brien?

6. Why are the soldiers bitter?

7. Why is the white first sergeant fragged?

8. What does O'Brien say ruins a man's psyche?

9. How have things changed for Alpha Company?

10. To whom does O'Brien write as he continues his plan to desert to Sweden?

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