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. Which character is noticeably more nervous then the others?

2. How does Brown's feelings about women affect Stanley?

3. After Minetta is injured and taken to the hospital, what does he do to delay going back to combat?

4. There is some question of who let the gun go as the men were pushing it through the Jungle. Who does Croft suspect is responsible?

5. What natural landmark is on the island?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the end what was the total death count?

2. How is Cummings use of the destroyer unnecessary?

3. As the men continue to build the road, what thoughts begin to cross their minds and why?

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

5. In the opening scene, some of the men are playing cards. How does this card game reveal pieces of the men's personalities?

6. How does the delay in the mail system make it difficult for Gallagher to accept his wife's death?

7. As the troops enter the jungle, what is their strategy for getting through the dense terrain?

8. What is the general mood on board of the ship as the men leave the island?

9. How is Wilson described in chapter 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roth and Goldstein have a substantial conversation on the beach, and Roth feels they are becoming friends. Would these two characters be friends if they had met outside of the Army? Explain your reasoning with evidence using the characters background, education, personality, and thoughts reveled throughout the book.

Essay Topic 2

The treatment of the officers compared to the soldiers is discussed a number of times throughout the book.

1) How are the officers treated as compared to the soldiers?

2) From an officer's viewpoint, why are the soldiers and officers treated differently? Cite examples from specific characters.

3) From a soldier's viewpoint, why are the soldiers and officers treated differently? Cite examples from specific characters.

4) Which view point do you agree with and why? If you do not agree with either, explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?"

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