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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. How many years has it been since the war for the author, at the time of writing the novel?
(a) 20 years
(b) 10 years
(c) 30 years
(d) 2 years

2. Where did Tim and Linda go on a date?
(a) To a baseball game
(b) To a movie
(c) To a skating rink
(d) To the park

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 activity does Norman Bowker do to avoid his troubles?
(a) He works a double shift
(b) He gets drunk
(c) He relaxes with his Dad and watches baseball
(d) He drives around the lake

5. What personal item did Tim "bury" in the river?
(a) Kiowa's moccasins
(b) Henry Dobbins' panty hose
(c) A picture of his old girlfriend
(d) Lt. Cross's pebble

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the young man trying to show Kiowa before "the whole field blew up around them?"

2. Which feeling does the narrator not admit to about the war?

3. What did Tim use to kill the man on the trail?

4. Who is the most upset by the act, and wants to know why the villager is behaving that way?

5. How old was Tim when he first dealt with death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the purpose of the visit to the battlefield where Kiowa was killed?

5. How do Henry Dobbins and Azar disagree about the girl's motive to dance?

6. What was Tim's first experience with death?

7. What does the dancing girl symbolize to you?

8. How does Rat Kiley cope with the difficult mission of up all night, and sleeping during the day?

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

10. What power do stories have for people dealing with death?

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