Word of Honor Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When Tyson goes to visit Andrew Picard, who does Tyson discover has also been to see Picard?

2. What is the name of the limousine driver who takes Tyson home?

3. According to Tyson, what was the alleged hospital building lacking?

4. What type of building did Tyson's platoon attack, according to the book?

5. When Tyson is leaving his house, what does his limousine driver tell him?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to what Tyson confides to Levin during their meeting, how did Tyson come to feel during his time in Vietnam?

2. How does the Lieutenant Colonel try to comfort Tyson when Tyson objects to the travel restriction?

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

4. Describe the situation that Picard shares with Ben Tyson as an example of one of Picard's "bad light" experiences.

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

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

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

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

9. Why do the charges against Tyson make a distinction between Orientals and Caucasians?

10. When Tyson meets with the man who quietly suggests that Tyson leave the country, how does that meeting end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Andrew Picard character at the beginning of the book when his book is first published. What is Picard's motivation for publishing the book? What drives him? Then, discuss this same character when he meets and gets to know Ben Tyson, the subject of the most controversial chapter of Picard's book. What is Picard's motivation then? What is driving him? How do the events in the story change Picard's character? Who is Andrew Picard at the end of the story?

Essay Topic 2

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story and the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot, as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the storyline, the characters' development, and the readers' involvement?

Essay Topic 3

There is no doubt that Ben Tyson is greatly affected by the events that he was part of in Hue, Vietnam. Discuss how the hospital massacre and the events leading up to it affects not only Tyson's worldview, but his determination to stand trial for his actions and let the truth be heard. How do Tyson's experiences in Vietnam affect his mental state, his ability to reason, and his ability to continue on?

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