“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien a starkly honest account of the Vietnam War and its effects on American soldiers. This book is appropriate for high school and college students.
I used wrote these five tests when I taught the book in our pre-college summer bridge program at my university. This package includes seven items:
(1) Five multiple-choice comprehension tests, each based on a relatively short chunk of the book:
a. Test #1, on pp. 1-38, contains 16 questions (9 literal comprehension and 7 analytical comprehension)
b. Test #2, on pp. 39-85 contains 20 questions (13 literal comprehension and 7 analytical comprehension)
c. Test #3, on pp. 86-116, contains 14 questions (9 literal comprehension and 5 analytical comprehension)
d. Test #4, on pp. 117-161, contains 15 questions (10 literal comprehension and 5 analytical comprehension)
e. Test #5, on pp. 162-246, contains 21 questions (15 literal comprehension and 6 analytical comprehension)
An Answer Key is included for each test, with page references.
(2) Two exercises: One exercise consists of 11 analytical comprehension questions based on pp. 62-85. The second exercise asks students to identify unfamiliar references in the book, such as “car hop” and “Kiwanis Club.” These exercises could be used as homework assignments or small-group activities.
My five comprehensions tests are designed to motivate students to read. Students who complete the assigned reading should find most questions easy, and they are likely to earn higher scores. Students who don’t do well on the first test quickly realize that they should have completed the assigned reading. This creates an incentive to read.
On each test, the questions are chronological. This enables you to tell how far students got – or didn’t get – in their reading. This creates an opportunity to address assignment completion with students.