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

Tim O'Brien
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

There are many places where the concepts of right and wrong are blurred in the pages of "The Things They Carried." Ideas of draft dodging, self-inflicted wounds, disrespecting the dead, and even theft are handled with lightness. What do you think the narrator/author is trying to say about the morality of war? Chose a couple of instances in the text where conventional morality is disregarded, and explain the purpose of this device to influence the reader.

The story of Kiowa's death is told from at least two different point of views. Using all textual evidence and your own assumptions, what do you think really happened? What was the role of Norman Bowker, Lieutenant Cross, and Tim O'Brien? Who is the most responsible for Kiowa's death?

Explain Lieutenant Cross's responsibility or perceived responsibility in the various deaths of his men. How does he react to each one? Do his actions live up to his words and thoughts of improvement as a leader?

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