Thursday, April 19, 2012

B-Day Multiple Choice Questions

B-Day Students.  Please post your multiple choice questions and answer choices in this thread by posting a comment.  Please include your name in your comment to be sure that you get credit.


Dusty Boynton said...


Which of the following best identifies the meaning of the word "weight" throughout the first story?

a. How heavy the men are with the things they carry.
b. The emotional baggage the soldiers carry.
c. The physical weight of the items the personal things they carry that shape who hey are.
d. Both B and C.

Mr, Miller! I forgot to write my name on my project and I'm freaking out cause I want tit to be graded. I hope this will work as well as having my name on it... mine is the one matted with an actual picture mat, it's black and has the white swirlies and jewel things on it.

Katie Hirsch said...

The antecedent for "they" in "they were called legs or grunts" is best defined as which if the following?
A) The animals that walked with them through Vietnam
B) The weapons dragging across the ground
C) The soldiers in the infantry
D) Vietnamese children that followed them throughout the city

Katie Hirsch

Alex M. said...

What does Rat Kiley mean by saying "Worms" when he rises from the tunnel?

A) He is dirty, and covered in lots of worms.
B) He felt like the boss worm, crawling through the tunnel.
C)Racial slur, comparing the enemy to a simple creature.
D) A dance move, made popular in the time period.

Alex Madill

Meg Bittle said...

Which of the following best identifies the meaning of “It was the burden of being alive” (19).
a. Continuously having to face death
b. Having to kill to survive
c. Feeling the need to uphold their reputations as men
d. Discussing combat with fellow soldiers

Meg Bittle

Hailey FitzGerald said...

Hailey FitzGerald

When Elroy Berdahl states "Ain't biting" on page 57, it parallels to which metaphorical meaning?
a. The two men will not have dinner that night.
b. The man did not take his chance to jump off the boat and swim to Canada.
c. He did not catch any fish.
d. The "audience" that is watching the man will do nothing physically to harm him in the decision he makes.

Evan Jaynes said...

Which of the following best identifies the shift in Cross's attitude toward Martha after Lavender's death?
A)From happy and excited to sad and depressed
B)From loud and obnoxious to quiet and caring
C)From cheerful and optimistic to angry and hateful
D)From loving and obsessed to quiet and somber

Evan Jaynes

Melissa Kennedy B2 said...

Melissa Kennedy
What is the purpose of the short sentances in the middle of long detailed paragraphs?

A. to emphasize figurative weights compared to the physical ones the soldiers carry
B. to give the reader a break
C. to provide comic relief
D. the author didn't have any other specific items to put in

Unknown said...

Which of the following best describes O'Brien's purpose in including the use of military jargon in his writing?

A. To introduce readers to these unfamiliar terms
B. To immerse readers in a more realistic narrative
C. To overwhelm and confuse readers, averting them from war
D. To express the complexity of wartime and fighting overseas

Julia Larson

Seyi G said...

Which of the following best describes O'Brien's purpose for listing the things the soldiers carry?

A. To take up space
B. Extra detail in the story
C. To define each individual soldier
D. To remind readers of the literal things each soldier must carry

Seyi Gbadegesin

Ayana Parker B2 said...

Which of the following best identifies the meaning of Lt. Cross' burning of Martha's letters?

a. He doesn't want to hold on to them anymore
b. He no longer had time to read them because he was forced to fight in the war.
c. He is trying to discard his guilt of not giving the soldiers enough guidance.
d. He figures that Martha cannot love him because he is far away and there is no point in reading her letters.

Ayana Parker

Alex Patmore said...

What is the author's purpose in using the anaphora "they carried" (14)?
A)To show the individuality of the soldiers
B)To refer to other soldiers that the author did not like
C)To refer to the enemy in an us vs. them manner
D)To employ exemplification
E)No purpose-- the author did not want to keep writing individual names

Alex Patmore

Unknown said...


What does O’Brien try to convey in when he tells the reader the weight of the objects the men carry?

a.That the solders carry many heavy objects.
b.That the objects that they carry make it harder to do their job.
c.That the objects that weigh the least, weigh the most metaphorically.
d.That the solders need to stop carrying so many heavy things.

Tabria Miles said...

Which of the following rhetorical devices is displayed in the sentence "Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried tranquilizers until he was shot in the head outside the village of Than Khe in mid-April," (2)?

Answer: C) Irony
Reason: It is ironic that Ted carried tranquilizers for protection, because he was scared, and ended up being the first soldier to be shot.

-Tabria M.

Morgan Taylor said...

Which best describes the function of the 2nd paragraph of chapter one in relation to surrounding paragraphs?
A)Classifying paragraph,to help readers consider where characters belong in contrast to the setting.
B)Defining paragraph,serving primarily to explain precisely how something appears or works.
C)Description Paragraph, to clarify thoughts and emotions.
D)Compare and Contrasting paragraph, to define differences and similarities in the characters.

Connor Thompson said...

Connor Thompson

When the men are looking at the teenaged VC corpse... Where is the moral? "You know. Moral."
I. Right there, man.
II. It is really morale that they are talking abt.
III. The fact that the boy was so determined to fight for what he believed in
IV. He (the teenage VC boy), or anyone, needn't be old to do something momentous
V. That enemies (of the mortal sort) can, and often do, feel sorry for each other when they see death, especially when they caused it
VI. In Mitchell Sanders' head
VII. In some other peoples' heads... And not in some other peoples' heads (because some "don't see no moral")
VIII. In the fact that, like in the old TV show Paladin, it is often hard to tell who is a good guy and who is a bad guy or whether a person is a good guy or a bad guy or not anyways
IX. Somewhere else
X. Somewhere else too
XI. And there
a. I Only
b. Only II, III and IV
c. II, VI, VII, VIII, IX only
d. NOT V, IX or VIII
e. All of them, todos, all, every, (ie, I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, and XI)

Unknown said...

Often, O'Brien punctuates extended paragraphs describing the literal weight the men carried with short, explicit statements about the figurative baggage they kept. What is his purpose in doing so?
A) To argue syntactically that the literal weight is more burdensome.
B) To imply that the physical weight has more bearing on the men's thoughts and actions than does the mental weight.
C) To introduce irony by emphasizing the simple and impactful nature of the figurative weights amidst the clumsy and lingering nature of the literal weights.
D) To make the paragraphs easier to read; simple sentences mirror the simple concept of war and killing.

Tanner Lockhead

Meg said...

The author contrasts literal things the soldiers carry to figurative things in order to...
a) explain the life of a soldier through their possessions
b) categorize all the things the soldiers carried
c) make the argument that figurative burdens carry more weight than literal objects with actual mass
d) show how the soldiers carried more than just material possessions
e) compare fantasy with reality

--Meagan Raviele

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Unknown said...

Question one refers to the passage below:

“They carried diseases, among them malaria and dysentery. They carried lice and ringworm and leeches and paddy algae and various rots and molds. They carried the land itself - Vietnam, the place, the soil - a powdery orange – red dust that covered their boots and fatigues and faces. They carried the sky” (14).

The anaphora in the above passage serves to do all of the following EXCEPT:
(A) Provide a rhythm to draw parallels to a passage of poetry.
(B) Further the exemplification already present within this passage.
(C) Serve to match the syntax to the content of the passage.
(D) Make use of loose syntactical sentence structure.
(E) Establish the repetitive nature of war through the nature of the passage.

Alaina Bainbridge

Cathleen Atkinson said...

Cathleen A

The syntax on page 9 of "The Things They Carried" serves to
A. Help the reader see the contrast from the past and present.
B. Show the different missions the soldiers went through.
C. Show more of what the Soldiers carried with them.
D. Compare the physical weight from the figurative.
E. To contrast each soldier as a completely different person but have to be as one.

Ayemen Khan said...

Ayemen Khan B1

What similarities are present between Lt. Jimmy Cross and Holden Caulfield?

A. They both carry photographs to help them escape reality and blame someone elses death upon them self.
B. They both fight in the Vietnam War and are rebels in society.
C. They both drop out of school and get in fights a lot, making them socially awkward.
D. They both love a girl who loves someone else and wear their hat backwards to take them to the past.

Evan H said...

On page two of The Things They Carried, the narrator lists carried items that are necessities. The author's primary purpose of listing items like "Kool-aid" and "candy" as a necessity was to...

A). exemplify the soldier's attitudes about the war because they aren't carrying true "necessities".

B). illustrate the stress that the soldiers are under because they must carry items that have no connection to the war.

C). recognize the soldier's attempts to normalize their daily routines.

D). A and C only

E). B and C only

Evan Heath

Unknown said...

Flynn Marron

The antecedent "bastard" in "the poor bastard just flat-fuck fell.Boom. Down." is best defined as which of the following?

a. A Vietnamese man
b. The soldier Ted Lavender
c. The soldier Kiowa
d. The soldier Lt. Cross

Greg Hairston said...

O'Brien exemplifies Norman's attainment of the Vietnamese boy's thumb so that he may...

A) Show that the thumbs weight was physically taxing on the soldier
B) Show the negative psychological effects of war
C) Embellish an unexciting war story
D) Inform the readers on the results of children in battle

Unknown said...

"They carried the soldier's greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing. Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to."

This passage from the text shows how:

a)They literally carried blush in their bags
b)The level of manhood and brutality expected of the soldiers made it a major faus pas to not to willing to kill or be killed.
c) They were expected to go out on suicide missions so as to avoid embarrassment.
d) The men fought in order to recieve peer approval.

Cassidy Woodell

Nathan Cierpial said...

Which of the following best describes the author’s purpose for describing both the men’s literal and figurative “weight” in The Things They Carried?

A.He wants to show how strong the men of the US military are.
B.He wants to establish the different characters and their identities
C.He wants to demonstrate the men’s lack of emotion.
D.He wants to emphasize that the emotions and burdens of their past weigh more than their guns and bullets.

Unknown said...

The organization of the sections discussing the things that the soldiers carried (paragraphs 2, 6-12, etc.) can be best classified as

A. Comparison.
B. Chronological order.
C. General to specific order.
D. Cause and effect.
E. Emphatic order.

Ben Chesnut

Shaman said...

Which answer best describes the subject of this chapter?

A) What things the soldiers carry
B) The story of the narrator
C)The process of telling a true war story
D)How war stories affect the soldiers


-Christian Richardson

MariaSalazar said...

M. Salazar

In paragraph 4, what tone does the narrator shift to in "The first was a Kodacolor snapshot signed Love, though he knew better."

a. Sarcastic
b. Humble
c. Sympathetic
d. Argumentive