The Things They Carried Test | Final Test - Hard

Tim O'Brien
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Other than Kathleen and Tim, who else watched him get into the river?

2. Where is the first draft of the story inspired by Norman Bowker published?

3. Which is NOT a way the men react to Rat Kiley's injury?

4. What animal does Tim notice as he tries to process the death of the man he killed?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The concept of truth is challenged repeatedly in "The Things They Carried." Men tell embellished stories, exaggerate their own lives, and even the narrator casts doubt as to the honesty of the stories contained within the novel. What are your thoughts about the truth of "The Things They Carried" and why? Are there places you feel the accounting is accurate, and other places where the story has been stretched and skewed? What textual evidence leads you to these conclusions?

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