The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War Test | Final 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. If Downs had not escaped, he would have been hit with which of the following?

2. How is the attacking NVA officer killed?

3. What separates this area from the open ocean?

4. Downs and his platoon return to which camp?

5. Downs convinces soldiers that he is a ____.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Downs win the battle with the NVA soldier?

2. Explain the scene in which the Alpha Company engages in a large scale battle.

3. What happens to the wounded men? What can the soldiers do to save them?

4. Who arrives to assist the soldiers? What happens during the operation?

5. How is the platoon separated? Who are the leaders? What happens shortly after the separation? What is Downs' reaction to the conflict?

6. Discuss Downs' opinion of the base camp and area surrounding Pleiku.

7. What is the plan issued to Downs by Captain Sells?

8. What happens to a soldier from the Alpha Company's 3-6 platoon?

9. What are some of Downs' ongoing complaints regarding the ARVN?

10. What is the irony surrounding the major injuries sustained by Downs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss in detail the facts and statistics about the Vietnam War. Why was there a war? Was it technically defined as a war? Explain. What were the reasons behind the US military involvement in Vietnam? How many soldiers were sent over? How many casualties were there? When did the war begin and end? What was proven? Who won?

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

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?

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