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. Where did O'Brien meet a Vietnamese student who was also a Viet Cong officer?

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

3. Where does O'Brien's plane land in Vietnam?

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

5. What disability does the Vietnamese elderly man have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is O'Brien's moral dilemma?

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

3. Describe how the soldiers feel during the fire fight.

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

5. How do the soldiers react to these self-induced injuries caused by soldiers tossing about their own grenades?

6. Describe the message O'Brien wishes to convey through chapter ten.

7. Describe O'Brien's childhood and adolescence.

8. How many scenes does the author use in chapter ten?

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

10. Why do the Vietnamese people go everywhere the men of Alpha Company go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Captain Johansan as the leader of Alpha Company as if he had remained throughout all of O'Brien's tour in Vietnam. Do you think some of the actions that the members of Alpha Company did after he had left would still have happened if Captain Johansan had stayed? Why or why not?

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 describing in what way you believe O'Brien demonstrated courage. Do you believe he would characterize the same events as courageous? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the text.

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