Word of Honor Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nelson Demille
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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. How many men from Tyson's platoon are still in the military?

2. When Tyson begins to beat up the man he goes outside the officer's club to meet, who breaks up the fight?

3. After the charges are filed, Tyson has new restrictions placed upon him. What is NOT one of the restrictions Tyson must now adhere to?

4. Who is the author of the book that details the activities of Tyson's platoon in Vietnam?

5. What does Harper ask Tyson to plead guilty to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Ben Tyson afraid of following the advice given to him by his attorney just after Tyson learns of the book's existence?

2. Why do Berg, Truscott, and Van Arken decide to go after Tyson instead of the enlisted men?

3. According to Tyson, it was standard practice in Vietnam that an officer had some enemy weapons to turn in with bodies of innocent civilians killed. Why?

4. When Tyson's platoon was pinned down by enemy fire, what did Tyson realize would offer his platoon a chance to escape?

5. As Tyson and his military attorney talk, what "true" battle story does Tyson share with his attorney?

6. When Tyson and Marcy go to the officer's club to have dinner, why is Tyson rude to the person he introduces to Marcy?

7. List the three qualifications held by the person selected to lead the Tyson investigation for the government.

8. When Tyson meets with his attorney after learning of the book's existence, what does Tyson's attorney advise Tyson to do?

9. When being questioned by the government investigator, Tyson realizes that his story is full of holes, but sticks to it anyway. Why?

10. According to what Picard tells Ben Tyson, why does Picard confide that he probably should not have used the chapter about the hospital massacre?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Karen Harper and Farnley Gilmer.

a. How are the two characters similar? How are they different?

b. What is revealed about each character as their back stories are explained? Discuss how the quest for the truth affects both of these characters.

Essay Topic 2

Ben Tyson and Vincent Corva can be seen as kindred spirits. Although they are not quite the same, they share a number of similarities. Identify and describe these similarities. Then, based on your discussion of their similarities, identify the ways in which these two men's similarities facilitate the plot's development and moves the story forward.

Essay Topic 3

Steven Brandt seems to be a man who is supremely confident in his ability to come out on top. Identify at least three instances from the story that highlight his confidence. How is Brandt helped by his utter confidence? How is Brandt hurt by his confidence? Provide examples of each.

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