The Naked and the Dead Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Stanley begin to lose respect for after his promotion?

2. What does Croft do with the Japanese soldier who did not die from the grenade?

3. What is Wilson's reason for not telling the woman in Kansas about his wife?

4. What is the relationship between Cummings and Hearn like?

5. Who does Cummings blame for him not knowing the severity of the storm?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Hearn's punishment, so to speak, for questioning Cummings's division of the food?

2. In Part 2, Chapter 7, the American troops engage some Japanese soldiers. What are Red and Gallagher's reactions to how Croft handles the situation?

3. Why does Hearn think he is becoming a prude?

4. Why is Dalleson tasked to prepare the logistics for the attack on Toyaku Line?

5. Describe Dalleson's advancement in the army and how he feels about his current position.

6. How is Wilson described in chapter 1?

7. Why does Hearn think that a relationship with Croft will be difficult?

8. As the men continue to trek up the mountain, what is their general physical condition?

9. Why had Red gone to the medical tent and what was the result of the visit?

10. What does the descriptive text imply about the tone of the opening scene of chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, the reader is shown glimpses of the men's lives back home. How does the author use the literary tool of flashback throughout the novel? Is the presence of flashback used effectively, and what does it provide for the reader?"

Essay Topic 2

Some authors will write based on experience and may at time identify with one of the characters in their stories. Research the life of Norma Mailer to answer the following question: do you think Mailer is like any of the characters in his story? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Mailer uses the literary technique often throughout this book. Describe what a flashback is and why it is used in literature.

1) How does Mailer use the writing technique?

2) What is the significance of the flashbacks in this novel?

3) Do you think the flashbacks enhanced the story, why or why not?

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