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

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

3. How many attempts does O'Brien make to work through the military hierarchy for guidance and counsel?

4. 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.

5. In what way does O'Brien classify himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the first few days like for O'Brien?

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

5. Why does the Chaplain disappoint O'Brien?

6. The Starlight scope is what kind of technology?

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

8. When does O'Brien become a true soldier?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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.

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