The Things They Carried Test | Final 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. Who does Tim blame for his near-death experience?

2. How does the narrator find relief from his feelings about the war?

3. In Tim's imagination, what village is the man he killed from?

4. Why does Henry Dobbins think the girl is dancing?

5. What landmark was Tim able to recognize in the field where Kiowa died, years later?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the men recover Kiowa's body?

2. What important information does the reader learn about the story in the preceding chapter?

3. Who does Tim go on a trip with and where do they go?

4. Do you agree with Kiowa or Tim's point of view about the kill? Why?

5. What does the dancing girl symbolize to you?

6. What is unique about the movements required of Alpha Company for this chapter's mission?

7. What does Tim invent about the man he killed?

8. What is the main struggle for the narrator/author in the chapter "Good Form?"

9. How does Tim react to Bobby Jorgenson's failings as a medic?

10. What was Tim's first experience with death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

"The Things They Carried" tackles the theme of death in numerous ways. There are accountings of anticipated deaths, surprise deaths, and even brushes with near-death. Explore how the novel handles each type of death, and the overall message the book communicates about this universal theme. Be sure to cite specific textual evidence.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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