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by Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried Quiz 1

1. Which war is the subject of this book?

  • The First Gulf War
  • World War II
  • Vietnam
  • The Korean War

2. Who is the narrator of The Things They Carried?

  • Lieutenant Cross
  • Michael Herr
  • Kiowa
  • Tim O'Brien

3. The book is best described as

  • a collection of short stories
  • a novel
  • a memoir
  • a series of stories

4. The author's own term for the book's structure is

  • memoir
  • war fiction
  • novel
  • meta-fiction

5. The book is set in all of the following places except

  • Minnesota
  • Vietnam
  • Massachusetts
  • Canada

6. What does Jimmy Cross treasure most?

  • his gun
  • his slingshot
  • letters from a girl
  • his bible

7. Martha is

  • a nurse
  • an actress
  • a soldier
  • a student

8. In "The Things They Carried" why does Jimmy Cross feel guilty?

  • he doesn't miss Martha
  • he killed a Vietnamese boy
  • he let one of his men die
  • he cheated on Martha

9. What was Ted Lavender doing when he died?

  • peeing
  • walking
  • hunting
  • scouting

10. According to Kiowa, what was the most remarkable thing about his death?

  • how slow it was
  • its speed and gravity
  • that he killed his killer, too
  • how little he was carrying

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