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The Things They Carried
Throughout The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien makes allusions, or references, to places, people, and characters that most people of his generation would understand. Since you are not of that generation, you might not understand his references. When that happens, you can read on and try to figure out the reference, or you could ask someone to help explain the reference. It all depends on how important the reference is.
Here are some allusions to famous cultural events, movies, characters, etc found in the first several chapters you have read. For each one, use research to find out what O’Brien is alluding to. Tell me enough that you could explain it if you have to. If you already know any of these, you don’t have to look them up; just explain it yourself.

Page 4… Bonnie and Clyde (look on youtube.com)


Page 39… The Lone Ranger


Page 40… Ho Chi Minh (use ABC-Clio)


Page 41… Phi Beta Kappa


Page 42… LBJ


Page 49… Scrabble


Page 58… Huck Finn


Page 58… Abbie Hoffman


Page 58… Jane Fonda


Page 58… Gary Cooper

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