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 makes the decision to NOT alert Lt. Cross about finding the body?

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

3. The man Tim killed had a hole the shape of what where an eye was supposed to be?

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

5. What landmark was Tim able to recognize in the field where Kiowa died, years later?

Short Essay Questions

1. Contrast the two times Tim was shot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chronicle the beginning, growth, and ultimate end of the one of the following relationships: Curt Lemon/Rat Kiley; Dave Jensen/Lee Strunk. Be sure to explain how major and minor events affected the relationship, and how the surviving party handled the loss of a friend.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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