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, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Captain Johansen tell O'Brien he would rather be than anything else?

2. Which of the following describes how the scout feels about going on the march with the soldiers?

3. What does Alpha company come across in chapter twelve?

4. O'Brien believes that Johansen is the perfect guard for what?

5. Which of the following is the best antonym to the term lewd?

Short Essay Questions

1. What accident occurs which kills or injures dozens of refugees?

2. What happens to the old men after they are tied to the tree all night?

3. How does the Vietnamese scout feel about the soldiers for which he is scouting?

4. What similarity to the soldiers' situation does the Captain draw for the scout?

5. Why doesn't Bates or O'Brien do anything about the old men being tied to the trees?

6. What surprised the soldiers about the way the female Viet Cong soldier died?

7. What is the major difference between Captain Johansen and Mad Mark as O'Brien sees it?

8. How would you classify Major Callicles mental state?

9. Why are the soldiers so angry?

10. Why can't the soldiers easily recognize the enemy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay comparing Captain Smith and Major Callicles. In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different? Which character do you believe you are most like? Why? Use specific examples from the text to support your writing.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay on how the Vietnamese people must have felt about Americans during the war, especially those that were on the same side as the Americans. What lead the Vietnamese people to feel this way? Do you believe their feelings were justified? How would you feel in the same situation?

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