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. By what area of the body does Norman Bowker attempt to pull the body out of the muck?

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

3. What personal item did Tim "bury" in the river?

4. How did Tim get the idea for the chapter titled "Speaking of Courage?"

5. How does Rat Kiley deal with the mission at first?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Explain Tim's dilemma about how he killed a man on the trail outside My Khe.

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

8. What two types of truth are there for the author and reader?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Can you identify with Kathleen's struggle to understand the war? She asks in the chapter titled "Field Trip" why her father had to fight in the Vietnam War, and what made everyone mad at each other? Do you think wars are generally started over clear issues of disagreement? In either case, do you think that affects the ability of the war to have a resolution?

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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