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The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

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1. What kind of gun does Henry Dobbins carry?

2. What is Jimmy Cross’s rank?

3. What sport did Martha play at Mount Sebastian College?

4. Why does Ted Lavender take tranquilizers?

5. How does Ted Lavender die?

6. How do Jimmy Cross and Martha reunite?

7. What is the average age of the Alpha Company members?

8. What is O’Brien’s summer job before the war?

9. What is the outcome of the fight between Dave Jensen and Lee Strunk over Jensen’s missing jackknife?

10. What is the pact between Jensen and Strunk?

11. How is Curt Lemon killed?

12. What happens when Curt Lemon is called in to see the dentist?

13. Who flies his girlfriend to Vietnam?

14. At the end of “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” what is Mary Anne Bell wearing?

15. Who tells the story of “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”?

16. What item does Henry Dobbins wear around his neck?

17. How does O’Brien kill a Vietnamese soldier outside My Khe?

18. When the platoon burns a village and then finds a young girl dancing, who mocks her?

19. What medal does Norman Bowker almost win?

20. Where does Kiowa die?

21. Who runs the Tip Top Lodge?

22. What does a young soldier share with Kiowa the night before Kiowa’s death?

23. When O’Brien returns to Vietnam more than twenty years after the war, whom does he bring with him?

24. A few days after O’Brien arrives in Vietnam, who tells him to “introduce himself” to a corpse?

25. Why did O’Brien’s relationship with Linda end?

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showing not telling

by TheDuckOffender, August 08, 2012

The secret O'Brien claimed to have kept may also have been depicted in that reoccurring emotional/fictional truth that we know oh so well from this story. Perhaps he even showed it in the first chapter, rather than telling it.

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Literary period

by vickie12, September 04, 2012

What literary period was the things they carried written in?

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Correction

by MendicantBias, October 21, 2012

Azar kicked O'Brein in the head not Jorgensen.

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