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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 does Tim consider running to?
2. Why is Kiowa against camping at the pagoda?
3. What memory forced the men to switch from coffee to gin?
4. How long does Tim stay with Elroy at the Tip Top Lodge?
5. Where is the platoon at?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain your thoughts on this quote: "I was a coward. I went to war."
2. Explain why you think Dave Jensen is so upset someone stole from him.
3. How are the terms of the death pact ultimately carried out?
4. How does the narrator feel about the war in Vietnam?
5. Give examples of how the men dealt with death.
6. Why did the men have to see the dentist?
7. What puts the death pact to the test? Be specific.
8. What would you guess happened during the war that Jimmy asked Tim to leave out of his book?
9. How did Tim see Curt Lemon's personality?
10. Why do Jimmy Cross and Tim O'Brien stop drinking coffee, and what do they switch to?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The full stories of the men of Alpha Company in "The Things They Carried" are divided amongst the chapters. As the reader progresses, more details of events are given, and multiple points of view of identical events are written. Choose one main character from the company, and give a full accounting of the character's war experience. How can a reader identify with this character's experience, and what part of the man's story is the hardest for the reader to bear? What was the intent of the author when he divided up the character's story? Was there foreshadowing, irony, or any other literary element employed in the character's war experience?
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
Throughout the war stories in "The Things They Carried," the men carry and discuss a certain superstition for luck. Detail places in the novel where luck is given importance, and explore its role in explaining the events happening around the platoon. How do the men treat the concept of luck? How does the narrator/author wish the reader to interpret luck as it applies to the various characters?
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