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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. Why does Henry Dobbins think the girl is dancing?
(a) Because she is nervous
(b) Because she wants to
(c) Because she wants the soldiers to like her
(d) Because it is a ritual

2. Which feeling does the narrator not admit to about the war?
(a) Guilt
(b) Grief
(c) Responsibility
(d) Sadness

3. Which soldier is killed in the swampy field, and subsequently stuck in the muck?
(a) Ted Lavender
(b) Kiowa
(c) Henry Dobbins
(d) Rat Kiley

4. What was Norman Bowker's chief criticism of the first draft of "Speaking of Courage?"
(a) The piece is too long
(b) A lack of details
(c) The piece is too short
(d) It was a gross embellishment of the truth

5. How did Tim get the idea for the chapter titled "Speaking of Courage?"
(a) From his chat with Lt. Cross
(b) From a newspaper article
(c) From a letter written by Norman Bowker
(d) From a visit back to Vietnam

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is not a way the men coped with the night mission?

2. Where did Tim and Linda go on a date?

3. Other than Kathleen and Tim, who else watched him get into the river?

4. What does the author say about truth?

5. What activity does Norman Bowker do to avoid his troubles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main struggle for the narrator/author in the chapter "Good Form?"

2. What happens to Tim after he kills the man in the path with a grenade?

3. How is Norma Bowker's life before the war and after the war contrasted?

4. What is Norman's assessment of his valor and bravery?

5. How does Tim react to Bobby Jorgenson's failings as a medic?

6. What important information does the reader learn about the story in the preceding chapter?

7. How did the men recover Kiowa's body?

8. Do you agree with Kiowa or Tim's point of view about the kill? Why?

9. What does the dancing girl symbolize to you?

10. Explain Tim's dilemma about how he killed a man on the trail outside My Khe.

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