I then went to class, watched the excellent "Green Dragon", and got my test back. Now, this had been a slightly embarrassing test. I had read The Things They Carried years ago, so when it was assigned for this class, I reread some of my favorites, but not the whole book. And then for one of the questions on the quiz, he asked three specific questions about "Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong", not one I had reread, and I discovered that every detail about the story had fled me, beyond 'um, she gets all gung-ho about the war'. Oh, yes, and the three of them were 30 percent of the test. Ow.
But by dint of my small shreds of memory, a certain amount of bullshit and extrapolation, and acing the extra credit, I pulled out an A anyway. Despite being called on my bullshit; the professor, who normally doesn't comment much on tests, wrote "vague" next to my answer. Part of the problem when you write long detailed answers for everything else, the times when you are making shit up really show through. Oh, well.