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. Where do the men camp in the chapter titled "Church?"

2. What color are Martha's eyes?

3. "A true war story, if truly told, makes the ____________ believe."

4. Who did the monks take a special liking to and call "Soldier Jesus?"

5. What is another name for a land mine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What caused Henry Dobbins to rule out a career as a minister?

2. Why is the story of Rat Kiley killing the baby water buffalo a "love" story?

3. How does Lieutenant Cross resolve his responsibility in Ted Lavender's death?

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

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

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

7. Who did you think was the victim as you read the chapter, and who did you think was the victim once you finished it? Why?

8. Why do Jimmy Cross and Tim O'Brien stop drinking coffee, and what do they switch to?

9. Who was Elroy Berdahl and what is his significance to the narrator?

10. How would you describe Martha's "separate-but-together quality" her and Lieutenant Cross share? What does she send to represent this quality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the moral you see in the story of Tim getting even with Bobby Jorgenson. How does the story handle the themes of revenge, forgiveness, and personal responsibility against the back drop of a war?

Essay Topic 2

Identify and analyze how we can tell the author has cleaned up or edited the story in one of the following cases: Curt Lemon going trick-or-treating on Halloween, the death of Kiowa, the story of Morty Phillips, the story of the sweetheart of Song Tra Bong. What additional details can the reader assume from the information contained in the text? What was likely to be the 'truth' ?

Essay Topic 3

Can you identify with Kathleen's struggle to understand the war? She asks in the chapter titled "Field Trip" why her father had to fight in the Vietnam War, and what made everyone mad at each other? Do you think wars are generally started over clear issues of disagreement? In either case, do you think that affects the ability of the war to have a resolution?

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