Biloxi Blues Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long has Hennesey been assigned to the duty he's on?

2. Where does Eugene tell the prostitute he's from?

3. What did the two men Epstein confronted in the latrine call him?

4. Where does the prostitute say she's from?

5. What duty is James Hennesey on?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of Act 2, Scene 7, how does Eugene say his relationship with Daisy has developed?

2. How does the army find out the identity of the escaped soldier?

3. What does Daisy tell Eugene she will always know, if he winds up with another girl?

4. How does Eugene react to Rowena when she talks about herself?

5. What does Hennessey do when he tries to defend Epstein and Eugene?

6. What kind of person is Eugene hoping to meet?

7. What are Eugene's goals during the war?

8. Why does Carney decide not to visit the prostitute?

9. What communications does Eugene still have with Daisy?

10. What is Daisy doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A major structural feature of the play is the soliloquies delivered by Eugene. Discuss the use of soliloquies in the play.

1) Why does the author include soliloquies that give the audience insight into Eugene's thoughts? Why does the author use Eugene's notebooks as the source of these soliloquies?

2) How would the play be different if Eugene did not talk to the audience? How would it shift the focus of the play?

3) What does the audience learn about Eugene from his actions alone, and how does this differ from what the audience learns from hearing Eugene's thoughts and writings?

Essay Topic 2

Toomey's method of teaching the soldiers is one of cruelty and punishment. Discuss this methodology and its portrayal in the play.

1) Why does Toomey use cruel methods to train the soldiers? What does his method have to do with his experiences in the war? What is Toomey trying to accomplish?

2) How do Toomey's methods forge and change the relationships between the soldiers?

3) What kind of relationship does Toomey develop with the soldiers? Why do they miss him after he's gone?

Essay Topic 3

BILOXI BLUES is a story of soldiers in boot camp, and so it is a primarily male story. However, there are two significant female characters, and women play an important role in the soldiers' lives. Discuss the play's portrayal of women.

1) Compare Rowena to Daisy. What aspects of womanhood do they represent?

2) Why does Eugene fall for Daisy? What characteristics does he admire in her?

3) Are the portrayals of women in the play realistic? Are the women well-developed characters? How do the soldiers view women?

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