Over summer, you are to closely read The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. You do not have an assignment to complete over summer except to read the novel and prepare for a test on the novel that will occur on the first day of school. This is a very thorough test which requires a superficial and deep understanding of the characters, setting, actions, purpose, meanings, and constructs of the Things They Carried. Make sure to read carefully, take notes (you will not be able to use them on the test), read carefully, read slowly, and read carefully.