Word of Honor Test | Final 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. As Corva and Tyson leave the conference room to head into the hearing, what does Corva tell Tyson it's good to see?

2. The night after the hospital massacre, which platoon member began the story that the men would all eventually agree to stick to?

3. According to the JAG prosecution attorney, what is the one thing that will NOT come out of the court martial hearing?

4. According to Corva's story about one of his other clients, why did the sharpshooter kill those people?

5. As Tyson and his platoon left the hospital after the massacre, where did Tyson tell his questioner that the platoon was headed to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one of Ben's main objections to Marcy's plans to return to work?

2. When Steven Brandt is on the stand, what does Brandt say was his impression of Tyson while the platoon was in the operating room?

3. According to Sproule, what is the purpose of the trial?

4. When Corva asks Tyson to explain about Larry Cane's death, what does Tyson tell Corva?

5. On the third day of the trial, what does Tyson insist that Corva do?

6. When the court martial gets underway, Corva makes an announcement that draws criticism. How does Corva respond to the criticism?

7. When Corva cross-examines Brandt, Corva seems to jump randomly from point to point. What was Corva's purpose in this seeming randomness?

8. What does Picard believe that Brandt lied to him about?

9. Summarize the closing arguments of both Pierce and Corva.

10. Describe the appearance of Richard Farley at the court martial trial.

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

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

The theme of loyalty is evident throughout the novel. Ben Tyson's loyalties, for instance, lie with himself, his family, and his platoon, and he refuses to divulge information regarding the hospital massacre because of that loyalty. Discuss how the theme of loyalty is portrayed through the eyes of Marcy Tyson, Andrew Picard, Richard Farley, and Vincent Corva. Support your observations.

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