The Things They Carried "Night Life" And "The Lives Of The Dead" Quiz

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This is a quiz on the last two chapters of The Things They Carried. I hope you enjoyed this novel. Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Why did Alpha Company start to live night lives? 

    • A.

      Crazy rumors of Russian artillery and tanks

    • B.

      It was too bright during the day

    • C.

      Rat couldn't operate well during the day

    • D.

      Enemies attacked at night

    Correct Answer
    A. Crazy rumors of Russian artillery and tanks
    Explanation
    Alpha Company started to live night lives because of the crazy rumors of Russian artillery and tanks. These rumors might have created a sense of fear and urgency among the members of Alpha Company, leading them to believe that they needed to be more vigilant and prepared during the night. By living night lives, they could potentially avoid any surprise attacks or threats from the rumored Russian artillery and tanks.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following quotes describes how dark the night was? 

    • A.

      "They sleep away the daylight hours, or try to sleep..."

    • B.

      "You'd shake you head and blink, except you couldn't even tell you were blinking..."

    • C.

      "Big giant killer bugs, he'd say, mutant bugs..."

    • D.

      "You'd start to worry about getting cut off from the rest of the unit-- alone, you'd think..."

    Correct Answer
    B. "You'd shake you head and blink, except you couldn't even tell you were blinking..."
    Explanation
    The quote "You'd shake your head and blink, except you couldn't even tell you were blinking..." suggests that the darkness of the night was so intense that it impaired one's ability to perceive even basic bodily movements like blinking. This implies that the night was extremely dark and devoid of any visible light.

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  • 3. 

    How do Jensen, Dobbins and Cross deal with this? 

    • A.

      They sleep all day

    • B.

      They take drugs

    • C.

      They took out pictures of loved ones

    • D.

      They talked with themselves

    Correct Answer
    B. They take drugs
    Explanation
    Jensen, Dobbins, and Cross deal with the situation by taking drugs.

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  • 4. 

    What kinds of things does Rat Kiley talk about? 

    • A.

      Livers, hearts, body parts

    • B.

      Performing surgery and plugging up holes

    • C.

      Bugs

    • D.

      All of the Above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the Above
    Explanation
    Rat Kiley talks about a variety of things, including livers, hearts, body parts, performing surgery, plugging up holes, and bugs. The correct answer is "All of the Above" because Rat Kiley discusses all of these topics.

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  • 5. 

    What does Rat do to himself? 

    • A.

      He kills himself

    • B.

      He carves a wound in his arm with a knife

    • C.

      He shoots himself

    • D.

      He hits himself in the nose with a pistol

    Correct Answer
    C. He shoots himself
    Explanation
    Rat shoots himself.

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  • 6. 

    Jimmy Cross called a(n) _________ on the town, causing devastation. 

    • A.

      Missile attack

    • B.

      Invasion

    • C.

      Air strike

    • D.

      Nuclear bomb

    Correct Answer
    C. Air strike
    Explanation
    Jimmy Cross called an air strike on the town, causing devastation. This suggests that Jimmy Cross made a decision to launch an aerial attack on the town, which resulted in significant destruction and damage.

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  • 7. 

    What did Dave do to the old man that was killed in the town? 

    • A.

      He took all of his money

    • B.

      He played with the man's cut off hand

    • C.

      He played with the man's cut off foot

    • D.

      He looted the man's house

    Correct Answer
    B. He played with the man's cut off hand
    Explanation
    Dave's actions towards the old man who was killed in the town involved playing with the man's cut off hand. This suggests that Dave engaged in some form of disrespectful or disturbing behavior towards the deceased individual's body part.

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  • 8. 

    What does Kiowa give to O'Brien? What do they talk about afterwards? 

    • A.

      A cookie... the sprinkles are black and orange like Halloween

    • B.

      A pistol... killing is fine if you're at war

    • C.

      A cookie... how shaking a dead guy's hand is crazy

    • D.

      A pistol... how Henry Dobbins is so annoying that he would play with a dead guy

    Correct Answer
    C. A cookie... how shaking a dead guy's hand is crazy
    Explanation
    Kiowa gives O'Brien a cookie and they talk about how shaking a dead guy's hand is crazy.

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  • 9. 

    Who was Linda? 

    • A.

      The women in the picture that the young soldier gave to Kiowa

    • B.

      O'Brien's mom

    • C.

      O'Brien's ex-girlfriend

    • D.

      O'Brien's current girlfriend

    Correct Answer
    C. O'Brien's ex-girlfriend
    Explanation
    Linda was O'Brien's ex-girlfriend. This is indicated by the phrase "the women in the picture that the young soldier gave to Kiowa." The fact that Linda is referred to as "the ex-girlfriend" suggests that their relationship is no longer current.

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  • 10. 

    What about Linda did O'Brien especially admire? 

    • A.

      Her looks

    • B.

      Her smile

    • C.

      Her hat

    • D.

      2 of the above

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    O'Brien especially admired all of the above about Linda, which includes her looks, smile, and hat.

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  • 11. 

    What was the color of the hat she wore? 

    • A.

      Blue

    • B.

      Green

    • C.

      Red

    • D.

      Orange

    • E.

      Yellow

    Correct Answer
    C. Red
  • 12. 

    On O'Brien and Linda's first date, where did they go? 

    • A.

      Park

    • B.

      Movies

    • C.

      Stadium

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Movies
    Explanation
    O'Brien and Linda went to the movies on their first date.

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  • 13. 

    What did Sanders do to the dead Lavender that was strange? 

    • A.

      He kissed it

    • B.

      He talked to it

    • C.

      He played with its hand

    • D.

      He wore its clothes

    Correct Answer
    B. He talked to it
    Explanation
    Sanders talking to the dead Lavender can be considered strange because it is not a typical behavior when dealing with a deceased person. Generally, people do not engage in conversation with the dead as they are no longer able to respond or interact. This action can be seen as unusual or eccentric, as it goes against societal norms and expectations surrounding death and mourning.

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  • 14. 

    The Man Who Never Was is a _________. Its main character is a ________. 

    • A.

      Movie... soldier

    • B.

      Book... soldier

    • C.

      Movie... corpse

    • D.

      Book... corpse

    Correct Answer
    C. Movie... corpse
    Explanation
    The correct answer is movie... corpse. "The Man Who Never Was" is a movie that tells the story of a corpse that is used as part of a deception during World War II. The main character in the movie is the corpse, which is used to trick the Germans into believing false information.

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  • 15. 

    What cruel act did Nick Veenhof do? 

    • A.

      He removed Linda's hat

    • B.

      He cheated on his spelling test

    • C.

      He teased Linda and drove her to suicide

    • D.

      He bullied O'Brien and made him a weak boy

    Correct Answer
    A. He removed Linda's hat
  • 16. 

    What did Nick pretend to do when his actual purpose was to remove Linda's hat? 

    • A.

      Go to the bathroom

    • B.

      Get some water

    • C.

      Pick up an eraser

    • D.

      Sharpen a pencil

    Correct Answer
    D. Sharpen a pencil
    Explanation
    Nick pretended to sharpen a pencil in order to distract Linda and remove her hat.

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  • 17. 

    How did Linda die? 

    • A.

      Suicide

    • B.

      Homicide

    • C.

      Lung Cancer

    • D.

      Brain tumor

    Correct Answer
    D. Brain tumor
    Explanation
    Linda died due to a brain tumor.

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  • 18. 

    According to O'Brien, what can one do in stories that cannot happen in real life? 

    • A.

      Insult your enemies

    • B.

      Have the power to fly

    • C.

      Revive the dead

    • D.

      None of them

    Correct Answer
    C. Revive the dead
    Explanation
    In stories, one can revive the dead, which is not possible in real life. This means that through the power of storytelling, characters can be brought back to life, creating a sense of wonder and fantasy that is not achievable in reality.

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  • 19. 

    What does "kick the bucket" mean? 

    • A.

      To be in trauma

    • B.

      To be dead

    • C.

      To be sick to an incurable extent

    • D.

      To experience an event that changes on's life forever

    Correct Answer
    B. To be dead
    Explanation
    "Kick the bucket" is an idiomatic expression that means to die. This phrase is often used humorously or euphemistically to refer to someone's death. The term "kick the bucket" originated from the practice of hanging a bucket from a beam, which was used to slaughter animals. When the animal was slaughtered, it would often kick the bucket as a result of its death throes. Over time, the phrase evolved to represent the act of dying.

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  • 20. 

    The Soldiers kept Curt Lemon alive by telling stories about him. What story did they tell? 

    • A.

      Throwing a grenade back and forth

    • B.

      Trick or treating in a ghost costume with an M-16

    • C.

      Digging up Kiowa's body from the swamp

    • D.

      Memories of Lemon's first day in Alpha Company

    Correct Answer
    B. Trick or treating in a ghost costume with an M-16
    Explanation
    The soldiers kept Curt Lemon alive by telling stories about him, specifically the story of him trick or treating in a ghost costume with an M-16. This story highlights Lemon's playful and mischievous nature, showing a lighter side to him amidst the harsh realities of war. It serves as a way for the soldiers to remember and honor Lemon, keeping his memory alive in their minds.

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  • 21. 

    Where did O'Brien and his father go? 

    • A.

      To Linda's gravestone

    • B.

      To Linda's funeral home

    • C.

      To Linda's family

    • D.

      To Linda's school

    Correct Answer
    B. To Linda's funeral home
    Explanation
    O'Brien and his father went to Linda's funeral home. This suggests that Linda has passed away and they are attending her funeral. Going to the funeral home is a common practice when someone has died, as it is the place where the body is prepared for the funeral service and where mourners gather to pay their respects.

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  • 22. 

    What does Linda compare death to? 

    • A.

      A cap without a tongue

    • B.

      A book no one is reading

    • C.

      A balloon out of air

    • D.

      A horse without a saddle

    Correct Answer
    B. A book no one is reading
    Explanation
    Linda compares death to a book no one is reading. This comparison suggests that death is like a forgotten or ignored book, implying that it is a lonely and meaningless experience. Just as a book that no one reads loses its purpose and impact, death is portrayed as a state of insignificance and lack of attention.

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  • 23. 

    Why does Timmy love to sleep? 

    • A.

      Because he can

    • B.

      He is always tired and lazy

    • C.

      He want to dream of Linda

    • D.

      Sleeping is his way of relieving the pain of loosing Linda he has to deal with during the day

    Correct Answer
    C. He want to dream of Linda
    Explanation
    Timmy loves to sleep because he wants to dream of Linda. This suggests that Linda holds a special place in Timmy's heart and he finds comfort and joy in dreaming about her. Sleeping allows him to escape reality and be with Linda in his dreams, which brings him happiness.

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  • 24. 

    Who says this quote: "Death sucks" 

    • A.

      Jimmy Cross

    • B.

      Henry Dobbins

    • C.

      O'Brien

    • D.

      Mitchell Sanders

    Correct Answer
    D. Mitchell Sanders
    Explanation
    Mitchell Sanders says the quote "Death sucks" because he is a soldier in the Vietnam War and has likely witnessed the death of fellow soldiers. This quote reflects the harsh reality and emotional toll of war, as well as Sanders' personal feelings towards the loss of life.

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  • 25. 

    What activity does O'Brien imagine doing with Linda, in a dream? 

    • A.

      Skating in a frozen pond

    • B.

      Eating popcorn while watching a movie

    • C.

      Enjoying scenery at a national park

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Skating in a frozen pond
    Explanation
    In the given question, O'Brien imagines doing an activity with Linda in a dream. The correct answer is "skating in a frozen pond." This means that O'Brien envisions himself and Linda ice skating together on a frozen pond. This activity suggests a sense of joy, playfulness, and intimacy between the two characters.

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