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. Where does O'Brien say is the only place that Alpha Companies friendships are deep?

2. Which of the following terms best describes how O'Brien feels during basic training?

3. How many men were in O'Brien's basic training unit?

4. When is O'Brien due to report for basic training?

5. Which of the following is the best definition for bellicose?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the smoke from Tri Binh 4 trouble O'Brien?

3. Why do the Vietnamese people go everywhere the men of Alpha Company go?

4. What is available at the combat center for entertainment?

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

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

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

8. Describe the backdrop for O'Brien's upbringing.

9. What do the soldiers often do on the long routine marches that sometimes alerts the enemy to their location?

10. What are the soldiers constantly fighting to find?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay explaining why O'Brien continued his friendship with Erik throughout his tour. Then add a portion explaining why or why not you believe this friendship would continue. Do you think O'Brien would want to be your friend? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay making a personal judgment on the Vietnam War based on O'Brien's experience. Do you believe O'Brien feels the war was justified? Do you believe that O'Brien feels his own actions were justified? Do you believe O'Brien feels the actions of the others he knew during his time in the war were justified?

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