Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried

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  1. Vietnam War
    a prolonged war (1954-1975) between the communist armies of North Vietnam who were supported by the Chinese and the armies of South Vietnam who were supported by the United States
  2. kiley
    an Australian boomerang; one side flat and the other convex
  3. believability
    the quality of being believable or trustworthy
  4. Selective Service
    an independent federal agency that administers compulsory military service
  5. Selective Service System
    an independent federal agency that administers compulsory military service
  6. SSS
    an independent federal agency that administers compulsory military service
  7. draft
    a current of air
  8. President Franklin Roosevelt
    32nd President of the United States
  9. conscientious objector
    one who refuses to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience
  10. conscription
    compulsory military service
  11. United States Constitution
    the constitution written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states
  12. selective
    characterized by very careful or fastidious choice
  13. Vietnam
    a communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea
  14. figurative
    not literal
  15. objector
    a person who dissents from some established policy
  16. resister
    someone who offers opposition
  17. implausible
    highly imaginative but unlikely
  18. imagery
    the ability to form mental pictures of things or events
  19. simile
    a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things
  20. immediacy
    the quickness of action or occurrence
  21. peacetime
    a period of time during which there is no war
  22. visualize
    form a mental picture of something that is invisible
  23. beret
    a soft cap with no brim or bill
    Green Berets
  24. sensory
    relating to or concerned in sensation
  25. topography
    the configuration of a surface and its features
  26. armed forces
    the military forces of a nation
  27. President Carter
    39th President of the United States (1924-)
  28. conscientious
    characterized by extreme care and great effort
  29. Service
    Canadian writer who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory
  30. transformation
    the act of changing in form or shape or appearance
  31. predatory
    living by preying on other animals
  32. arming
    the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
  33. amnesty
    a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
  34. defiance
    a hostile challenge
  35. evasion
    the act of physically escaping from something
  36. gender
    the biological or cultural traits associated with one sex
  37. lottery
    a game in which players buy chances to win
  38. military service
    a force that is a branch of the armed forces
  39. symbolic
    relating to or using arbitrary signs
  40. Congress
    the legislature of the United States government
  41. ambush
    concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
  42. controversial
    marked by or capable of arousing disagreement
  43. compelling
    driving or forcing
  44. voluntarily
    out of your own free will
  45. war
    the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
  46. sweetheart
    a person loved by another person
  47. killer
    someone who causes the death of a person or animal
  48. demonstrate
    give an exhibition of to an interested audience
  49. militia
    civilians trained as soldiers, not part of the regular army
  50. enlist
    join the military
  51. moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong
    A conscientious objector can declare that military
    service or combat duty is counter to his religious or
    moral beliefs, but must be able to demonstrate that
    the objection is long-lasting and sincere.
  52. resist
    withstand the force of something
    Though resisting the draft can carry stiff
    fines and even prison sentences, during the Vietnam
    War there were far too many people to punish.
  53. innocent
    free from sin
    Writing Exercise
    Ask students to write a short essay on Mary Anne’s transformation from an
    innocent high school girl into a predatory killer.
  54. power
    possession of the qualities required to do something
    Conscription and the U.S. Draft
    Although the United States Constitution does not
    directly mention the word “draft” (or even the older
    term—“conscription”), it does give Congress certain
    power.
  55. troops
    soldiers collectively
    Since September
    11, 2001, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have
    kept the idea of reinstituting the draft in the public’s
    mind, but Congress has rejected all bills that call for
    conscription, and all the troops serving in the U.S.
    military have enlisted voluntarily.
  56. accord
    concurrence of opinion
    According to the SSS, President Franklin
    Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service
    Act of 1940, creating the country’s first peacetime
    draft and formally established the agency.
  57. duty
    the social force that obliges you to behave in a certain way
    A conscientious objector can declare that military
    service or combat duty is counter to his religious or
    moral beliefs, but must be able to demonstrate that
    the objection is long-lasting and sincere.
  58. national
    of or relating to or belonging to a country
    HANDOUT TWO
    National Endowment for the Arts The Big Read â€Ã‚¢ 17

    Writers use figurative language such as imagery, similes, and metaphors
    to help the reader visualize and experience events and emotions in a story.
  59. army
    a permanent organization of a nation's military land forces
    Article I, Section 8, states that Congress
    shall have the power to declare war; raise and
    support armies; maintain a navy; and provide for
    organizing, arming, and disciplining a militia.

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