The Things They Carried Test | Final Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say about truth?

2. What was unique about the mission the men were given when Rat Kiley was injured?

3. Who is the most upset by the act, and wants to know why the villager is behaving that way?

4. What almost killed Tim?

5. Which is NOT a way the men react to Rat Kiley's injury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"The Things They Carried" is very specific about the items the men carried into battle. Choose three significant objects and explain who they belong to, why it was considered important, and what the object represented for the soldier and the reader.

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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