If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home Test | Lesson Plans 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 was not an accurate description, according to O'Brien, of the men who make up Alpha company?

2. Which of the following does Erik read intently?

3. Which of the following is the best definition of the term lethargy?

4. 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.

5. Which of the following describes the nickname for the time period in which O'Brien was born?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Starlight scope is what kind of technology?

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

3. Why does the Chaplain disappoint O'Brien?

4. What causes fear and paranoia in the soldiers?

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

6. What are the soldiers constantly fighting to find?

7. Why didn't O'Brien sign up for two years?

8. Why doesn't Bates or O'Brien do anything about the old men being tied to the trees?

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

10. Why are the soldiers so angry?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Complete an analysis of why women and children would be used as soldiers by the Viet Cong. Why would women and children make good soldiers? If you were in charge of an army, would you use women and children? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing how Plato's writing can be considered the backbone of this novel. Do you believe the writing of Plato is still relevant in today's society? Why or why not?

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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