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Bao Ninh
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does the narrative of Part Four start?
(a) From Phuong's point of view
(b) With Kien writing
(c) With Kien fighting
(d) Before Kien was born

2. What does Kien do with the culprits of the farmhouse killing?
(a) He runs away
(b) He bribes them
(c) He executes them
(d) He doesn't execute them

3. Why does Kien almost attack the taunting soldiers in the abandoned hospital?
(a) They make jokes about his father
(b) They are members of the South Vietnamese Army
(c) They have stolen his clothes
(d) They make jokes about Phuong

4. Where do Kien and Phuong hide after their train was bombed?
(a) At an abandoned farm
(b) At a beach
(c) At a restaurant
(d) At an abandoned school

5. What stops this from happening?
(a) Kien suddenly gets cramp
(b) Kien suddenly has a headache
(c) Kien suddenly feels a pang of guilt
(d) Kien suddenly feels sick

Short Answer Questions

1. What almost happens between them?

2. What musical instrument was Phuong especially good at?

3. What does Kien discover about his fathers painting when he goes to warn him?

4. What did one particular friend think was the worst thing that could happen to a soldier?

5. What was Kien's mother devoted to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kien hallucinate about his nurse in Hanoi?

2. At what bar does Kien meet the young prostitute and other ex-soldiers from the war?

3. Why was it lucky that Phuong and Kien missed the train just as war started?

4. Why does Kien kill the Sailor on the Train?

5. Why is Kien ridiculed by his fellows in the post war period?

6. What is the significance of the tram driver who takes Kien home from the cafe?

7. What was Phuong forced to become?

8. What happens to the train that Kien and Phuong eventually catch so that he can return to his unit?

9. Why does Kien not kill the commandos responsible for the farmhouse massacre?

10. Why is the letter that Kien receives important?

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