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. While Fowler calls room service, what does Pickering do?

3. Where was Zimmerman stationed with McCoy?

4. What do Hart and Pick take the plane out even though Pick has never flown it before?

5. Why does Banning not like Mitchell?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Buka Island described in Chapter 1?

4. How does Pickering respond to his promotion?

5. Why is Hart summoned by McCoy?

6. How does Thomas McCoy pose a problem for the Marines?

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

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

9. How does Fowler and Knox try to help Pickering?

10. How does Pick respond to news of his father's illness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism occurs throughout Line of Fire. Identify 2-3 examples. What is the significance to the main characters of Pickering and McCoy and to the story line?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Line of Fire with another of Griffin's other books in his combat series. Which is, in your opinion, better? Explain. What future scenarios might you want to see in upcoming books? Which characters would you like to see portrayed? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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