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. What is Tim trying to save with a story?

2. What did the man on trail wear on his feet?

3. Which is NOT a way Norman Bowker attempts to return to normal life?

4. Who do the platoon meet in the village?

5. What does Tim think would have happened if he ignored the man on the trail?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chronicle the beginning, growth, and ultimate end of the one of the following relationships: Curt Lemon/Rat Kiley; Dave Jensen/Lee Strunk. Be sure to explain how major and minor events affected the relationship, and how the surviving party handled the loss of a friend.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Most novels have critic blurbs on the cover or in media advertising for the book. Choose one critic's blurb about "The Things They Carried" and respond to the quote. Do you agree or disagree with the critic's assessment of the novel, and where is there evidence in the novel to support your point of view?

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