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. According to the noted military law professor, who must be called into account before lieutenants can be court-martialed?

2. What is the name of the witness from Tyson's platoon who turns up dead after the investigation begins?

3. As Tyson remembers back to the day of his injury, who was tending to him?

4. What was the name of the medic who was part of Tyson's platoon in Vietnam?

5. According to the charges brought against Tyson, how many "Caucasians" is Tyson accused of murdering?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. When Tyson and his wife attend a party, what new feeling does Tyson experience at the party?

6. According to what Picard tells Ben Tyson, why did his mysterious visitor come to see him?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the political arguments regarding the ability to prosecute Tyson for the actions of the men under his command. Be sure to include in your discussion the issues surrounding the charges that were ultimately filed along with the charges that the government considered filing against Tyson. What affect did offering Tyson's platoon members immunity have on the court martial's outcome? Be sure to include whether or not you agree with the government's decision to file and prosecute Ben Tyson for the hospital massacre in Hue.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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