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. Why was Curt Lemon "all smiles" the next morning?

2. What does Rat Kiley do to treat Lee Strunk's injury?

3. What year does Tim graduate college?

4. Which of the following is NOT a way the men resupplied the things they carried?

5. Who has a sister Rat Kiley writes a letter to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are the terms of the death pact ultimately carried out?

3. Why was Curt Lemon afraid of the dentist?

4. What happens to make the platoon believe in the good luck provided by the pantyhose?

5. How does Lee Strunk react to his injury?

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

7. Explain how the rhyme "Step out of line, hit a mine; follow the dink, you're in the pink." changed meanings?

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

9. Why did the men have to see the dentist?

10. Why do you think Curt's sister gives the response she does?

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

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 3

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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