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. In the hospital in Hue, who eventually pistol whipped Tyson in an effort to remove him from a dangerous situation, and ultimately saved Tyson's life?

2. When Tyson and Corva arrive for the court martial hearing, Corva sends Tyson into their conference room alone. What reason do the men NOT give for pledging their loyalty to Tyson?

3. In the hospital in Hue, who shot the woman who was carrying an infant?

4. After talking with Tyson, Corva realizes there is bad blood between Tyson and who?

5. When one of the panelists questions the trial's first witness, what does the witness admit to doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Harper tells Tyson that several of his old platoon members have "finally" been located, what does Tyson believe?

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

3. When Tyson takes his turn to make a statement, what does he say?

4. As Tyson and Corva share a drink, Corva tells Tyson that he thinks Tyson is guilty. What does Corva not want Tyson to have to do?

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

6. As Tyson and his platoon left the hospital after the massacre, why was Tyson relieved that they had Crane's body with them?

7. When Tyson and Corva arrive for the court martial hearing, Corva sends Tyson into their conference room alone. Why does Tyson wish that Corva were with him?

8. When the court martial gets underway, Corva makes an announcement that draws criticism. Why was Corva criticized for his announcement?

9. As Tyson and Corva share a drink, what does Tyson realize about other people who had served and returned from Vietnam?

10. As the court martial approaches, what does Corva remind Tyson will happen if Tyson is ordered to tell the truth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes in this novel involves honor.

a. Identify three characters that are honorable in their actions. For each character, describe an instance in which the character acted honorably.

b. Why do these characters try to do the honorable thing?

c. What is the outcome for these characters? Were they successful in their endeavors or would they have been more successful if they had not taken the honorable route? Explain your answer.

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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