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. Why does Hart dislike his assistant drill instructor?

2. Where does the Senator Fowler stay in Washington DC?

3. What hospital is Pickering at?

4. What does the hotel doctor do for Pickering?

5. What rifle is McCoy given by Johnston?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two actions taken by Pick can result in a court martial?

2. How do McCoy and Sage make their plans together?

3. What does Pickering argue about with Fowler in order to get out of the Navy?

4. How does Fowler assist his wounded friend Pickering?

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

6. What is the importance of the Coastwatchers?

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

8. What does Koffler do to warn others about the Japanese planes?

9. Why does Hart come to Pick to tell him about his father?

10. How does Pickering respond to his promotion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe Jake. What is his role in the story? What was Griffin trying to accomplish by creating Jake's character in the novel?

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