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. Which of the following is different about the timing of chapter two as compared to chapter one?

2. How does O'Brien describe the look in the girls' eyes who were selling Cokes?

3. Who leads the march in chapter nine?

4. In what way does O'Brien classify himself?

5. In what year does chapter three take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. What surprised the soldiers about the way the female Viet Cong soldier died?

2. What does O'Brien rebel against during basic training?

3. How does O'Brien feel about leaving Vietnam?

4. When do the men of the village go fishing?

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

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

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

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

9. What does O'Brien do on his long nocturnal walks?

10. What happens to the old men after they are tied to the tree all night?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay sharing your point of view on the war in Vietnam after reading O'Brien's account. Did your point of view change from what it was before you read his account? Why do you think it did/did not change? Use examples from the text to support your writing.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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