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 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.

2. Which of the following was one of O'Brien's common summer activities?

3. Which of the following presidents is not referred to in this chapter?

4. With whom must any soldier who wishes to meet with the battalion commander meet with prior to being allowed to meet with the battalion commander?

5. What is the name of O'Brien's company?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does O'Brien obtain his passport and shot records?

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

3. What are the soldiers constantly fighting to find?

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

5. What philosophical conversation does O'Brien attempt to hold with the captain?

6. Why does the Chaplain disappoint O'Brien?

7. How many scenes does the author use in chapter ten?

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

9. How do the soldiers react to these self-induced injuries caused by soldiers tossing about their own grenades?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a letter to a congressman penned by O'Brien after he returned to America from his tour in Vietnam. Be sure to include his strong feelings, beliefs and reasons behind these beliefs and feelings.

Essay Topic 2

Choose two characters from the novel and write a comparative essay about these two characters using information from the novel as the basis for your comparison. At the end of your comparison, choose one of the characters which you feel you are most like and why you believe that is the case.

Essay Topic 3

Write a biography of O'Brien's time in Vietnam. Why was O'Brien opposed to the Vietnam war? How did his feelings change? In what ways did they remain the same?

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