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 the best synonym for disdain as it is used in the following sentence? He looks with disdain on those that flourish in basic training.

2. In what year does chapter three take place?

3. With whom does O'Brien request a meeting?

4. What is the name of the base camp fro Alpha Company?

5. What is O'Brien's job with Alpha Company?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Chaplain disappoint O'Brien?

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

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

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

5. To whom does O'Brien write as he continues his plan to desert to Sweden?

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

7. Why are the soldiers so angry?

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

9. What is the major difference between Captain Johansen and Mad Mark as O'Brien sees it?

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

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 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 3

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?

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