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. What type of grass covers most of the area?

2. An old woman searches the camp and finds which of the following?

3. People attempting to cross the bridge are stopped by a _____.

4. An American is wounded in which area of his body?

5. What is the rank of the officer Downs refers to as being "nasty?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the issue with convoys traveling by the established road? What were the orders issued to the men?

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

3. Describe the people confronted in one of the villages. What happens to them?

4. What is the basic plan for battle for the First Platoon? Would the platoon have any back up?

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

6. What is the biggest problem with this plan?

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

8. Who gives Downs details about his destination? What does the man say?

9. Where does Downs and his platoon spend the first two months in Vietnam?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Interview someone who served in Vietnam and write a 1000 word essay on the experience and how it affected the soldier's life. Be sure to include any traumatic events, real or imagined as well as post traumatic stress, involvement with the VA, and life before and after the war.

Essay Topic 2

Write a short story from a point of view similar to Downs' while using a modern setting. How does your story differ? Why did you choose that particular setting? What about your story was similar to Downs' tale? What was the part that provided the most contrast? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the statistics mentioned in the book. Explore the accuracy of the details. What other details should have been included? Which details may have been more pertinent? What else should have been said about the end of the war? How did the end of the war affect the hundreds of thousands of military personnel and their families? Were there any other wars in recent history that equaled the one in Vietnam?

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