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 Rat Kiley accuse of whispering his name?

2. What was Norman Bowker's chief criticism of the first draft of "Speaking of Courage?"

3. Who was the first person Tim grieved for their death?

4. What time of day was it when Tim killed the man on the trail?

5. Who do the platoon meet in the village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the visit to the battlefield where Kiowa was killed?

2. How does Rat Kiley cope with the difficult mission of up all night, and sleeping during the day?

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

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

5. What is Norman's assessment of his valor and bravery?

6. How is Norma Bowker's life before the war and after the war contrasted?

7. What happens to Tim after he kills the man in the path with a grenade?

8. What power do stories have for people dealing with death?

9. How do Henry Dobbins and Azar disagree about the girl's motive to dance?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

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 3

"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.

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