If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home Test | Final Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Courage without wisdom is what, according to O'Brien's interpretation of Plato?

2. Which of the following is not a synonym for the term lament?

3. Which of the following characters replaces Captain Johansen?

4. Which type of mine scares the soldiers the most?

5. Which of the following is O'Brien's boss at camp LZ Gator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about why O'Brien went through most of Vietnam feeling alone and isolated when he was surrounded by people. Should he have felt alone? Do you think O'Brien isolated himself, events isolated him, or his peers isolated him? Why do you feel that way?

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