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

2. In Tim's imagination, what village is the man he killed from?
(a) Tra Bong
(b) Than Khe
(c) Saigon
(d) My Khe

3. Who do the platoon meet in the village?
(a) An old woman
(b) An old man
(c) A young boy
(d) A young girl

4. What does the author say about truth?
(a) Truth is absolute
(b) Story-truth is more real than happening-truth
(c) Truth is unattainable
(d) Everyone has their own truth

5. How does Rat Kiley deal with the mission at first?
(a) By counting as high as he can
(b) By talking non stop
(c) By killing all the bugs
(d) By remaining silent

Short Answer Questions

1. What color clothes was the man wearing when Tim killed him?

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

3. What event causes Tim to revise "Speaking of Courage," following Norman Bowker's advice?

4. Which is NOT a way the men react to Rat Kiley's injury?

5. Who was the first person Tim grieved for their death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What two types of truth are there for the author and reader?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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