If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home Test | Mid-Book 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. Who gives the soldiers of Alpha Company back rubs?

2. How do the soldiers feel about the jungle?

3. What does O'Brien experience for the first time in chapter nine?

4. Which of the following best describes how O'Brien feels about the war?

5. What task does the squad leader make the squad do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe at least three activities O'Brien did during his last summer at home before the war.

2. What do the soldiers often do on the long routine marches that sometimes alerts the enemy to their location?

3. What do the soldiers learn how to do at the combat center?

4. How does O'Brien obtain his passport and shot records?

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

6. What do the members of Alpha Company do that is ignoring the orders from their officers?

7. How does O'Brien see himself during basic training?

8. How does O'Brien spend his last summer before starting basic training?

9. After he starts his interest in politics, what does O'Brien begin to do?

10. Why does the smoke from Tri Binh 4 trouble O'Brien?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing what you believe is the most courageous act within the novel. Why do you consider this the most courageous act? What was the most cowardly act of the novel? Why do you consider this the most cowardly act?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay comparing Captain Smith and Major Callicles. In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different? Which character do you believe you are most like? Why? Use specific examples from the text to support your writing.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay making a personal judgment on the Vietnam War based on O'Brien's experience. Do you believe O'Brien feels the war was justified? Do you believe that O'Brien feels his own actions were justified? Do you believe O'Brien feels the actions of the others he knew during his time in the war were justified?

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