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 member of the platoon attempts to comfort Tim after he kills a man?

2. How old was Tim when he first dealt with death?

3. What is the name of Tim's daughter?

4. Who mimics the girl's dancing later that night, making Henry Dobbins angry?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who does Tim go on a trip with and where do they go?

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

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

We know very little about the character named Azar, but he appears always present to antagonize the other men in the platoon. Explain how Azar is a flat or round character, his role in the novel, and if there are any other characters like him in "The Things They Carried."

Essay Topic 3

Identify and analyze how we can tell the author has cleaned up or edited the story in one of the following cases: Curt Lemon going trick-or-treating on Halloween, the death of Kiowa, the story of Morty Phillips, the story of the sweetheart of Song Tra Bong. What additional details can the reader assume from the information contained in the text? What was likely to be the 'truth' ?

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