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

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

3. What event causes Tim to revise "Speaking of Courage," following Norman Bowker's advice?

4. Who warns Lt. Cross about the location the men choose to camp in?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The "Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong" addresses the theme of acceptance and persons becoming a product of their environment. Explain the transformation Mary Anne Bell goes through from her arrival in Vietnam until her ultimate disappearance, and compare it to some other experience of characters or real-life people becoming the product of their environment.

Essay Topic 2

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' ?

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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