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. How much are the refugees paid for each death?

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

3. How do the soldiers take vengeance?

4. What consumes Major Callicles?

5. Which type of mine would detonate under vehicles?

Short Essay Questions

1. O'Brien seems to like to enjoy what type of reading?

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

3. Why is the white first sergeant fragged?

4. Why are the soldiers bitter?

5. What does Alpha Company do for protection at night?

6. Why does Major Callicles try to humiliate O'Brien?

7. What does O'Brien say ruins a man's psyche?

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

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

10. What event does O'Brien tell Erik he witnessed recently in the letter he sends him?

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

Write an essay describing how you are similar to O'Brien. Use many complete details and include a personal response as to why you feel that way.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing in what way you believe O'Brien demonstrated courage. Do you believe he would characterize the same events as courageous? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the text.

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