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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. What purpose does the chapter 'Love' fill for the novel?
2. What animal does the platoon run into after Curt Lemon's death?
3. How did Dave Jensen and Lee Strunk agree on the pact?
4. What does he call the object around his neck?
5. What does Dave Jensen do when he snaps?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do the men like checkers?
2. Why does the narrator he is a bad fit to be drafted into the war?
3. Give an example of a stark contrast between how the men normally behave, and how the war changes their behavior.
4. What caused Henry Dobbins to rule out a career as a minister?
5. What puts the death pact to the test? Be specific.
6. How were Lieutenant Cross's tears misinterpreted after the death of Ted Lavender?
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. How does Lieutenant Cross resolve his responsibility in Ted Lavender's death?
9. Why does Rat Kiley write a letter to Curt Lemon's sister, and what does the letter contain?
10. Explain how the rhyme "Step out of line, hit a mine; follow the dink, you're in the pink." changed meanings?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The concept of truth is challenged repeatedly in "The Things They Carried." Men tell embellished stories, exaggerate their own lives, and even the narrator casts doubt as to the honesty of the stories contained within the novel. What are your thoughts about the truth of "The Things They Carried" and why? Are there places you feel the accounting is accurate, and other places where the story has been stretched and skewed? What textual evidence leads you to these conclusions?
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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