The Things They Carried: Summary, Characters & Themes


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Which of the main characters is not an official soldier?

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1. The book is set during a war, and one of the main ideas is about the power of...

2. According to O'Brien, how much did the soldiers carry?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Things They Carried is a novel by Tim O'Brien, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of it. You'll be assessed on your understanding of the characters, plot and a theme of the novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Story of The Things They Carried
  • One of the themes in this novel
  • Several main characters

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about this book set during the Vietnam War
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a character who dies in this novel
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the author's opinion pertaining to who knows the reality of war

Additional Learning

To learn more about this book, review the following lesson called Things They Carried: Summary, Characters & Themes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the story of The Things They Carried
  • Understand the themes conveyed by the author
  • Know important quotes from the novel