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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 is the name of the radio officer?
2. Which of the following is to be guarded by the company?
3. What is the name of the next location?
4. How many men are discovered during the first patrol?
5. People attempting to cross the bridge are stopped by a _____.
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the soldiers in the battalion refer to the Vietnamese and the Vietcong?
2. Describe the area around the base camp and how it is different than Downs expected.
3. When is the platoon moved from the area? Where are they taken to set up a new base camp?
4. Describe the scene when Lt. Frederick Downs arrives at the airfield for the first time.
5. What is the issue with convoys traveling by the established road? What were the orders issued to the men?
6. Discuss the transport of the battalion to the new base camp.
7. Who gives Downs details about his destination? What does the man say?
8. Explain Downs' first friendly encounter with the Vietnamese villagers.
9. Discuss Downs' situation at the base camp. Where is it located? What is the name of the platoon?
10. Discuss the scene in which the platoon goes out into the rice paddies. Who do the soldiers see? What mishap occurs?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the life of an American soldier with soldiers from at least two other countries, in addition to North and South Vietnam. Include the involvement of the ARVN in comparison to the regular Army troops. Which do you think made the biggest efforts? Which country was most instrumental in ending the war?
Essay Topic 2
Downs was among a long line of other soldiers wounded in the line of duty. Examine and discuss various types of wounds that are mentioned in the book. How were the majority of the wounds inflicted? What is the standard treatment of a non-serious wound? What is the standard treatment for a potentially fatal wound? Who attends to the soldiers when they are wounded? How common is it for doctors to be present and to take care of the wounds? When doctors are not around, who performs the work?
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 815 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)