The Things They Carried Final

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  • 1. 
    When Mark Fossie brings his girlfriend over to Vietnam, what happens to her?
    • A. 

      She takes one look at the camp and goes back home.

    • B. 

      A sniper in the village kills her.

    • C. 

      She goes out on Ambush with the Green Berets

    • D. 

  • 2. 
    Who straps a puppy to a claymore device and detonates it
    • A. 

      Azar

    • B. 

      Rat Kiley

    • C. 

      Norman Bowker

    • D. 

      Dave Lemon

  • 3. 
    When Norman arrives home from Vietnam, what does he do all day?
    • A. 

      Red war memoirs

    • B. 

      He pretends to be asleep.

    • C. 

      He cruises around the lake in his truck

    • D. 

      He argues with his father about getting a job.

  • 4. 
    Which soldier carried the New Testament?
    • A. 

      Kiowa

    • B. 

      Henry Dobbins

    • C. 

      Dave Jensen

    • D. 

      Ted Lavender

  • 5. 
    What good luck charm did Martha send to Lieutenant Jimmy Cross?
    • A. 

      A rabbit's foot

    • B. 

      A pebble

    • C. 

      A ring of hers

    • D. 

      A picture of her playing volleyball

  • 6. 
    What unusual thing did Norman Bowker carry with him?
    • A. 

      A boy's thumb

    • B. 

      His wife's underwear

    • C. 

      Malaria tablets

    • D. 

      A lot of dope

  • 7. 
    When did the US involvement in the Vietnam War escalate?
    • A. 

      1961

    • B. 

      1965

    • C. 

      1973

    • D. 

      1975

  • 8. 
    Which group of Vietnamese did the US support?
    • A. 

      North Vietnamese

    • B. 

      South Vietnamese

    • C. 

      Communists

    • D. 

      Vietcong

  • 9. 
    Based on Tim O'Brien's statements, how do you tell a true war story?
  • 10. 
    What pact did Strunk and Jensen make? 
    • A. 

      If one of them got killed, the other would bury him

    • B. 

      If one of them was severely injured, the other would treat his wounds

    • C. 

      If one of them was captured, the other would report it to his family

    • D. 

      If one of them was injured so madly as to be in a wheelchair, the other would kill him.

  • 11. 
    How does Dave Jensen eventually make peace with Lee Strunk?
    • A. 

      Takes his turn at sentry duty

    • B. 

      Breaks his own nose with a pistol

    • C. 

      Gives back the jackknife

    • D. 

      Saves his life in ambush

  • 12. 
    "The Things They Carried" can be considered both:
    • A. 

      A novella and autobiographical incident

    • B. 

      A short story and a ballad

    • C. 

      A memoir and fiction

    • D. 

      A memoir and nonfiction

  • 13. 
    The story "The Things They Carried" moves between which two points of view?
    • A. 

      First and second

    • B. 

      Second and third

    • C. 

      First and third

    • D. 

      First and omnicient

  • 14. 
    When O'Brien receives his draft notice, what does he do?
    • A. 

      Enlists in the National Guard

    • B. 

      Drives north towards Canada

    • C. 

      Applies for an exemption

    • D. 

      Burns the draft card

  • 15. 
    What gave away the platoon's position that night in the muddy field?
    • A. 

      A soldier turns on his flashlight.

    • B. 

      The villagers informed the Viet Cong.

    • C. 

      Their guide was a Viet Cong spy

    • D. 

      Azar left his radio on.

  • 16. 
    Why does Rat Kiley begin to hallucinate prior tp his departure to Japan?
    • A. 

      His best friend Curt Lemon dies.

    • B. 

      He receives no response to a heartfelt letter.

    • C. 

      The platoon goes on night patrol for two weeks.

    • D. 

      He develops an addiction to morphine.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following stories illustrates how a grudge is more destructive to the person who is carrying it?
    • A. 

      The prank on Bobby Jorgensen.

    • B. 

      O'Brien's experience on the Rainy River.

    • C. 

      The feud between Lee Strunk and Dave Jensen.

    • D. 

      Norman Bowker circling the lake.

  • 18. 
    What is the defining characteristic of a ‘true’ war story?
    • A. 

      It relies on objectivity.

    • B. 

      It makes the stomach believe.

    • C. 

      A witness tells it.

    • D. 

      Blood and guts realism.

  • 19. 
    What happened to O’Brien’s childhood sweetheart?
    • A. 

      She came to visit him in Vietnam.

    • B. 

      She fell in love with his best friend.

    • C. 

      She died of a brain tumor.

    • D. 

      She moved to another state.

  • 20. 
    Which story symbolizes a rebirth for O’Brien, when he is finally able to let go of the bitterness and pain of the war?
    • A. 

      The practical joke on Jorgensen.

    • B. 

      The remembrance of Linda's death.

    • C. 

      His return to Vietnam and the field.

    • D. 

      His visit ti Kiowa in a long-term care facility.

  • 21. 
    Why is Dobbins angry when Azar mocks the little girl’s dance?
    • A. 

      Azar is supposed to be on guard duty.

    • B. 

      Azar dances inside the sacred Buddhist temple.

    • C. 

      The little girl's family was just killed.

    • D. 

      Dobbins is trying to learn Vietnamese cultural dance.

  • 22. 
    Why is O’Brien so upset with Bobby Jorgensen?
    • A. 

      Jorgensen accidentally shoots him.

    • B. 

      Jorgensen forgets to treat him for shock.

    • C. 

      He gets special privileges because his dad is a General.

    • D. 

      Jorgensen steals his jackknife.

  • 23. 
    How does the story about Linda, O’Brien’s nine-year-old girlfriend, relate to the rest of the novel?
    • A. 

      Asking Linda to the dance took a rare form of courage.

    • B. 

      He carried Linda’s letter with him during the war.

    • C. 

      It’s an example of how stories can briefly bring the dead back to life.

    • D. 

      O’Brien writes and asks her to come to Vietnam.

  • 24. 
    The two settings of the novel are _______________ and _______________.
  • 25. 
    Mary Anne Bell is a symbol for...
  • 26. 
    Tim O'Brien is both an antagonist and protagonist in the book.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False