The Things They Carried Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Jimmy ask Tim to portray him in the book he is writing?

2. What part of Lee Strunk's body is broken?

3. What is another name for a land mine?

4. Who is the sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong?

5. According to the narrator, what is a characteristic of a "true war story?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is so unbelievable about Rat Kiley's story?

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

5. How does Norman Bowker ultimately cope with returning home?

6. How did Tim see Curt Lemon's personality?

7. What is Henry's reaction to his girlfriend dumping him?

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

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

10. What is unique about the movements required of Alpha Company for this chapter's mission?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Although the book is labeled "a work of fiction," it reads very similar to a memoir- a recollection of events and people from the author's past. Explain any indications that Tim O'Brien may not be a trustworthy narrator. Where in the text are there signs he is leaving something out, or passages where the reader should second-guess his account? Are there particular passages where a reader may be more likely to believe O'Brien's narrative? Use no less than three specific areas of text to evaluate Tim O'Brien as a reliable or unreliable narrator.

Essay Topic 2

Chronicle the beginning, growth, and ultimate end of the one of the following relationships: Curt Lemon/Rat Kiley; Dave Jensen/Lee Strunk. Be sure to explain how major and minor events affected the relationship, and how the surviving party handled the loss of a friend.

Essay Topic 3

If you were Tim writing a letter to his daughter Kathleen, either at her age now or the age she is in the book, what would be the most important aspects of your experiences in the war that you would want to share with her and teach her about the world?

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