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. What is the most frightening mission for the soldiers?

2. Which of the following is the best definition of the term shorn as used in the following sentence? Everyone is sober, shaven and shorn after raising their hands and reciting an oath.

3. Which of the following is the best definition of insanity as used by O'Brien to describe some of his fellow soldiers in chapter four?

4. What is different about chapter ten than the others?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way do Erik and O'Brien catch the attention of the drill sergeant?

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

3. The Starlight scope is what kind of technology?

4. What are the first few days like for O'Brien?

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

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

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

8. When does O'Brien become a true soldier?

9. What philosophical conversation does O'Brien attempt to hold with the captain?

10. Why does the Chaplain disappoint O'Brien?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write about the character Mad Mark. Include an explanation for his behavior with the Vietnamese he came across throughout this time in Alpha Company. Do you believe his actions throughout the novel were justified or unjustified? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about why O'Brien went through most of Vietnam feeling alone and isolated when he was surrounded by people. Should he have felt alone? Do you think O'Brien isolated himself, events isolated him, or his peers isolated him? Why do you feel that way?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay expressing your own personal feelings about O'Brien's experience in Vietnam in relation to his own feelings. How has your understanding of the Vietnam war changed? In what ways can you relate to how O'Brien felt during his time in the war?

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