Line of Fire Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

W. E. B. Griffin
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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. Who arrives in Pickering's suite when Pickering's uniforms are delivered?

2. Where does Rickabee have orders for Hart to travel to?

3. Where do Sage, Kridedler, and McCoy meet in New York?

4. What part of Pickering's body is injured when he arrives at the hotel to see Fowler?

5. Where does Hart attend boot camp?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pickering respond to his ill health?

2. How does Fowler assist his wounded friend Pickering?

3. What does Zimmerman discover about Thomas McCoy's deployment?

4. Why is Hart summoned by McCoy?

5. How does Koffler respond when he finds the camp is empty?

6. How do Pickering and Stecker end up in Pensacola?

7. How do the Americans keep their troops fresh for the attack on Henderson Field?

8. What is the message that Feldt receives and why does Banning dislike Mitchell?

9. How does McCoy assist the war effort in Guadalcanal?

10. How does Rickabee assist Pickering?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Line of Fire is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery -- powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. Griffin uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

Essay Topic 2

Describe some of the settings for Line of Fire. What is the overall setting? How do the Solomon Islands change over time? How is San Francisco different from the depiction of San Diego? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the author choose to use these places in Line of Fire?

Essay Topic 3

One of the main themes in the book is ethical and social responsibility. List at least four examples where Griffin employs this specific theme. Is the battle between making ethical choices obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in this kind of battle? Do you think the right person or group won? Does good always triumph over evil in the case of Line of Fire ethics? Where do these definitions appear vague or incomprehensible?

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