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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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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

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.

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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