The Things They Carried "Speaking Of Courage" Reading Check Quiz

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This is a simple 10 question multiple choice/ fill in the blank quiz on "Speaking of Courage" in The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. If you read this chapter, you should have no problem.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How did Max Arnold die? 

    • A.

      He was shot in Vietnam

    • B.

      He suffered from PTSD

    • C.

      He drowned in a lake

    • D.

      He was killed in napalm blast

    Correct Answer
    C. He drowned in a lake
    Explanation
    Max Arnold died by drowning in a lake.

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  • 2. 

    Who is Sally? 

    • A.

      Norman's high school girlfriend

    • B.

      Norman's wife

    • C.

      Norman's daughter

    • D.

      Norman's aunt

    Correct Answer
    A. Norman's high school girlfriend
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Norman's high school girlfriend because the question asks about Sally's identity and provides options related to Norman's relationships. Among the options, "Norman's high school girlfriend" is the only one that matches with the given information.

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  • 3. 

    What did Norman NOT win at war that made him upset? 

    • A.

      A purple heart

    • B.

      Combat Infantryman's Badge

    • C.

      A Gold Star

    • D.

      A Silver Star

    Correct Answer
    D. A Silver Star
    Explanation
    Norman did not win a Silver Star at war, which made him upset. The Silver Star is a prestigious military decoration awarded for acts of valor in combat. Norman may have been disappointed because he did not receive this recognition for his bravery and exceptional service during the war.

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  • 4. 

    Who does Norman imagine having a conversation with? 

    • A.

      His wife

    • B.

      His father

    • C.

      His son

    • D.

      Kiowa

    Correct Answer
    B. His father
    Explanation
    Norman imagines having a conversation with his father. This suggests that he may have a strong desire to connect with his father or seek guidance from him. Imagining conversations with loved ones who have passed away is a common way for people to cope with their absence and find solace in their memories.

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  • 5. 

    What landmark did Norman drive around and around? 

    • A.

      A park

    • B.

      A lake

    • C.

      His neighborhood

    • D.

      A&W

    Correct Answer
    B. A lake
    Explanation
    Norman drove around and around a lake.

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  • 6. 

    Who does Norman fail to save from the swamp in Vietnam? 

    • A.

      Jimmy Cross

    • B.

      Henry Dobbins

    • C.

      Kiowa

    • D.

      Lee Strunk

    Correct Answer
    C. Kiowa
    Explanation
    Norman fails to save Kiowa from the swamp in Vietnam.

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  • 7. 

    What skill did Norman acquire at war that he considered impressing Sally with? 

    • A.

      Telling time without a watch

    • B.

      Snipe from 500 meters away

    • C.

      Overcoming mental stress

    • D.

      His impressive driving ability

    Correct Answer
    A. Telling time without a watch
    Explanation
    Norman acquired the skill of telling time without a watch during the war. This skill is considered impressive because it demonstrates his ability to accurately estimate the time without relying on a timepiece. It showcases his resourcefulness, adaptability, and attention to detail, which are valuable qualities in a wartime context. Norman may have wanted to impress Sally with this skill as it reflects his competence and unique abilities acquired through his experiences in the war.

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  • 8. 

    What is A&W? 

    • A.

      A store

    • B.

      A restaurant

    • C.

      A bar

    • D.

      A saloon

    Correct Answer
    B. A restaurant
    Explanation
    A&W is a restaurant.

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  • 9. 

    How many times did Norman drive around the lake? 

    Correct Answer
    12
    twelve
    Explanation
    Norman drove around the lake 12 times. This is indicated by both the numerical value "12" and the word "twelve" given as the answer options.

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  • 10. 

    Who said this quote: "Courage was not always a matter of yes or no. Sometimes it came in degrees, like the cold; sometimes you were very brave up to a point and then beyond that point you were not so brave. 

    Correct Answer
    Norman
    Bowker
    Norman Bowker
    Explanation
    Norman Bowker said the quote: "Courage was not always a matter of yes or no. Sometimes it came in degrees, like the cold; sometimes you were very brave up to a point and then beyond that point you were not so brave."

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  • 11. 

    EXTRA CREDIT: (not included in score) +5 each 1. How many medals did Norman win in Vietnam? Name 2. 2. Name 2 details that Norman describes over and over as he drives by them. 3. What does Norman order from A&W?

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