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 do the women of the camp spend their days doing?

2. How many times is the base attacked while O'Brien works there?

3. Which of the following characters replaces Captain Johansen?

4. What does the Major receive for his part in the My Lai massacre?

5. What happens to Alpha Company as they are half way across the marsh?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why are the soldiers bitter?

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

6. When do the men of the village go fishing?

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

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

9. How have things changed for Alpha Company?

10. Why are the soldiers so angry?

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

Describe why Captain Johansen can be considered a hero. What is your definition of a hero? Does O'Brien meet your personal definition of a hero at any time throughout this novel? Do you believe your definition is universal or unique?Uses examples from the story to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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