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 term means to march with items such as a pack or some military supplies?

2. Which time of day is filled with the most potential danger according to O'Brien?

3. Which of the following is the best definition of insanity as used by O'Brien to describe some of his fellow soldiers in chapter four?

4. What does O'Brien think will happen to him in the rainforest in Vietnam?

5. What is the most frightening mission for the soldiers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe at least three activities O'Brien did during his last summer at home before the war.

4. What overwhelms O'Brien's opposition to the war?

5. After he starts his interest in politics, what does O'Brien begin to do?

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

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

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

9. What are the soldiers constantly fighting to find?

10. The Starlight scope is what kind of technology?

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 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 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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