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 is the code number used to identify Downs?

2. Approximately how many men are taken to the new base?

3. How do the soldiers get from the helicopters to the ground?

4. It becomes clear that the infantry does not see eye to eye with the ______ operators.

5. The character is scheduled to fly into which country?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Downs' rank? Where does Downs go on his first assignment?

3. What type of personnel make up the platoon? What is the common bond between all of the men?

4. How do the soldiers in the battalion refer to the Vietnamese and the Vietcong?

5. When is the platoon moved from the area? Where are they taken to set up a new base camp?

6. What is the plan for the base camp once the soldiers arrive on site?

7. Describe the area around the base camp and how it is different than Downs expected.

8. 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?

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

10. Discuss Downs' first mission and the sights he witnesses.

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

What do you think about Downs' opinion on why he might have been injured? Do you think the injuries had anything to do with the stealing of the Buddha statues? Explain. Do you believe that there is punishment for acts of violence? If so, how would the punishment be decided and meted out? Explain. If given the opportunity to live it over again, do you think Downs would have made the same choices? 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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