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. Where is the cottage that Tyson rents for the summer located?

2. What is the name of the officer who greets Tyson when he arrives at the military base?

3. What is the name of one of the sources cited by Andrew Picard for his book?

4. What does Levin tell Tyson is his "ticket out" of the court martial?

5. What is Tranquility?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. After hearing the charges against him, what fact does Tyson point out that makes him feel that charges should never have been filed?

4. Why does Tyson excuse himself from the officer's club while he is dining with Marcy to meet a man outside?

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

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

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

8. Why does Tyson refuse to call for those members of his platoon who are still alive to come to his defense?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify three of the people that are on the side of the prosecution against Ben Tyson for the mass murders in Hue. Then, compare and contrast the backgrounds, experiences, and opinions of these three prosecution members. Was each member of the group necessary in order for the prosecution to build its case against Tyson? Why or why not? Was any member of the group expendable? Why or why not? What might have been different if these group members were not involved with the case? Explain your reasoning.

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

Compare and contrast Vincent Corva and Farnley Gilmer.

a. How are the two characters similar in terms of their professional lives? How are they different?

b. How are the two characters similar in their personality characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses? How are they different?

c. Looking forward, how might Tyson's court martial have affected each of these men as they moved forward with their lives? Would they be similarly affected or not? Explain your answers and your reasoning.

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