The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Frederick Downs
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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 word means to avoid duty by feigning illness or injury?

2. What is the code number used to identify Downs?

3. Which adjective best describes the firepower of the Americans?

4. What is another name used for the Army of South Vietnam?

5. Which of the following is not typically used to fight in this particular instance?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Downs deal with one of the soldiers that has proven to be lazy?

2. Describe the scene when Lt. Frederick Downs arrives at the airfield for the first time.

3. Discuss the transport of the battalion to the new base camp.

4. Describe the others at the camp, including Downs' meetings with other soldiers and superiors.

5. Explain the arrival and presence of Fouel. What is the opinion of the Americans on the Cho-Hui?

6. What difficulty do the soldiers have when it comes to landing the helicopter? What is the solution to the problem?

7. Describe the scene that takes place on the bridge. Who is involved?

8. Explain Downs' first friendly encounter with the Vietnamese villagers.

9. Describe the scene that takes place on November 13th. What types of weapons are involved in the conflict? What type of shelter is available for the soldiers?

10. Discuss Downs' situation at the base camp. Where is it located? What is the name of the platoon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a short story or essay from the point of view of Downs as he reminisces about his championship shooting awards and accolades earned throughout his military career. How did Downs' views change over the years?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the relationship between Mann and Downs. Did the men know each other prior to Vietnam? If so, how? When did the men meet? What was the first impression garnered by each? Were the first impressions correct? What was the first mission the men worked together? What did it entail? What was the outcome? As time went on did the personal and professional relationship improve or disintegrate? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

In addition to physical damage and recovery, many soldiers face temporary or permanent psychological damage. Discuss this fact as it applies to the book. Who may have suffered from psychological damage? How did Downs deal with his psychological issues first when he returned stateside and attempted to become a civilian to each incident when he was injured? How did Downs handle it when he was discharged from the military?

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