The Things They Carried was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The Things They Carried also frequently makes the Banned Books list for its realism.
Warning: The Things They Carried depicts events that some readers may find disturbing and includes language that some may find objectionable.
The Things They Carried, a collection of related stories by Tim O'Brien about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War, is apparently based on some of O'Brien's own experiences. The protagonist, who is named Tim O'Brien, begins by describing an event that occurred in the middle of his Vietnam experience.The Things They Carried catalogs the variety of things/objects his fellow soldiers in the Alpha Company brought on their missions. Several of these things are intangible, including guilt and fear, while others are specific physical objects, including matches, morphine, M-16 rifles, and M&M's candy. Throughout the collection, the same characters reappear in various stories.
If you choose to read this novel, pick up the Teacher Notes, character list and discussion questions documents.
View Vietnam War through Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried (3:07)
Books Inspiring Film: The Things They Carried (4:01)
The Things Tim O'Brien Carries (2:37)
If you choose this book, listen to:
Writing About Anguish Beyond Words (5:34)
Listen to this Podcast discussion of the book
Quizzes at Quia for The Things They Carried
Here is a link to the Audio Version
For Quizzes, you may use BOOK but not the notes packet please.
Assuming you have read, the intent is NOT to have to look up every answer, so watch the timer on the quiz.
Ample time has been provided based on previous average length of time in quiz.
The Things They Carried Quiz #1 Chapter 1-3 pp.1-38 Mean Average of 300 scores=90%; Average time in quiz=11:50
The Things They Carried Quiz #2 Chapters 4-6 pp. 39-66
Here is that Military Slang Site
The Things They Carried Quiz #3 Chapters 7-8 pp. 67-88
The Things They Carried Quiz #4 over Chapters 9-14 pp. 89-136
The Things They Carried Quiz #5 over Chapters 15-16 pp. 137-161
The Things They Carried Quiz #6 over Chapters 17-20 pp. 162-218
Before you take the final assessment,
View The Things They Carried Minute Review
View The Things They Carried: 20 Years Later
The Things They Carried Quiz #7 over Chapters 21-22 pp. 219-246
Before you take semester final exam,
View The Things They Carried/ In-depth Summary and Analysis