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Tim O'Brien
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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. Which men have a conversation when they see Lt. Cross crying after Ted Lavender's death?
(a) Norman Bowker and Henry Dobbins
(b) Rat Kiley and Kiowa
(c) Kiowa and Norman Bowker
(d) Mitchell Sanders and Dave Jensen

2. Because he is a coward, what does Tim do?
(a) He goes to war
(b) He joins the Peace Corps
(c) He hurts himself
(d) He runs away

3. How did the jackknife incident change the relationship between Dave Jensen and Lee Strunk?
(a) They hated each other
(b) They trusted each other
(c) They instantly became best friends
(d) The avoided each other

4. According to the narrator, what is a characteristic of a "true war story?"
(a) It takes place during a battle
(b) There is no moral ending
(c) There is a lesson at the end
(d) Someone dies in it

5. What part of Lee Strunk's body is broken?
(a) His leg
(b) His nose
(c) His arm
(d) His ego

Short Answer Questions

1. What game do Henry Dobbins and Norman Bowker play?

2. After his first episode with the dentist, what did Curt Lemon do?

3. How does Lee Strunk think the doctors will treat the wound?

4. Where is Tim's first job after college?

5. How do we know the narrator is the author, Tim O'Brien?

Short Essay Questions

1. What puts the death pact to the test? Be specific.

2. What does Dave Jensen do to make himself square with Lee Strunk?

3. What are Henry Dobbins' tentative plans for after the war?

4. Who did you think was the victim as you read the chapter, and who did you think was the victim once you finished it? Why?

5. What happens to make the platoon believe in the good luck provided by the pantyhose?

6. Why does the narrator he is a bad fit to be drafted into the war?

7. Give a description of boredom as used in the novel.

8. How does Lee Strunk react to his injury?

9. What was the story for Mitchell Sander's moral of "Nobody listens?"

10. How were Lieutenant Cross's tears misinterpreted after the death of Ted Lavender?

(see the answer keys)

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