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 wrong with the field that Lt. Cross selects as the campsite that night?

2. Where did Tim and Linda go on a date?

3. Who does Rat Kiley accuse of whispering his name?

4. Who does Tim take with him on his trip to Vietnam?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Norman Bowker ultimately cope with returning home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Contrast the two times Tim was shot.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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