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This comprehensive unit test on Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is Common Core aligned and intended to measure reading comprehension and analysis of key characters and concepts from the novel. The test is divided into four sections, outlined as follows:
Part 1 - Character Identification. Match names to details and characteristics. 18 questions.
♦ Perry's background
♦ Perry's medical condition
♦ Perry's family
♦ Perry's external conflicts
♦ Perry's superiors
♦ Perry's cohorts
♦ A nurse Perry meets
♦ Miscellaneous characters Perry meets along the way
Part 2 - Quote Association. Match a quote/excerpt to its speaker and/or context.
♦ “I thought of saying a prayer, but I couldn’t think of one.”
♦ “…no longer a human being. He was a thing, a trophy.”
♦ “We’re too close to be calling in the artillery.”
♦ “These are the people we have come to save, to pacify.”
♦ “They messed up at least one person from each hut.”
♦ “He’s a boonies rat. You know they ain’t right for two or three weeks.”
♦ “Different than I thought it would be.”
♦ "Figure you don’t want to make your peace if you’re not ready to die.”
♦ “I wouldn’t go back. I would go AWOL.”
♦ “…the Vietnamese had agreed to a truce for their New Years celebration, which they called Tet. Then the truce would be extended while the talks went on, and we would all go home.”
Part 3 - Plot Comprehension. Multiple Choice. 11 questions.
♦ Why Perry should not be in Vietnam
♦ Perry's situation at home
♦ Perry's personal goals in life
♦ Rumors about the war early on
♦ Peewee's erratic behavior
♦ Lt. Carroll's death
♦ Peewee's letter from an unexpected source
♦ Perry's visit from a Vietnamese woman with children
♦ The death of another character
♦ Peewee's injuries later in the story
♦ The novel's resolution
Part 4 - Essay Writing. 2 essays.
♦ Perry's evolving perceptions of war and combat
♦ Characters' methods of dealing with the hardships of war