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. Which soldier is killed in the swampy field, and subsequently stuck in the muck?

2. Which feeling does the narrator not admit to about the war?

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

4. What source of light gave away the platoon's position?

5. How could Kiowa be sure the man would have done harm to the platoon if Tim had not killed him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Contrast the two times Tim was shot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain who feels blame for Kiowa's death.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If you were Tim writing a letter to his daughter Kathleen, either at her age now or the age she is in the book, what would be the most important aspects of your experiences in the war that you would want to share with her and teach her about the world?

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

As a new book critic for a top national newspaper, you have just been assigned the novel "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. Give a full critique of the story and evaluation of the text for other potential readers. What is significant about the novel that makes it a good recommendation for readers? What detracts from the novel's appeal and makes it not a book you would recommend? Finally, is there any way the book ties into modern life and current events to make it timely?

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