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 many sex positions does Eugene say there are?

2. What does the prostitute do when Eugene gets into bed?

3. What does Eugene ask Epstein?

4. What does Epstein claim he saw?

5. What did the men hang Epstein up by?

Short Essay Questions

1. What state is Toomey in during Act 2, Scene 7?

2. Why is everyone surprised about what Eugene has written about them?

3. What does Rowena say about her home life?

4. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?

5. How does Eugene feel at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

6. Describe Eugene's attempt to dance with Daisy.

7. How long is Selridge in with the prostitute?

8. What does Epstein threaten that he will do to Wykowski on the troopship?

9. How do the other soldiers react when Toomey obeys his punishment?

10. How do Daisy and Eugene end up dancing?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss sex and love in the play.

1) What distinctions does Eugene make between sex and love? Why does he find his first sexual experience dissatisfying, and why does he begin to look for love after it?

2) Does Eugene have a realistic view of sex? Does he have a realistic view of love? How do his views change over the course of the play?

3) How do the soldiers view sex? How do their views differ? How do their views of sex influence their views of women and love?

Essay Topic 2

Boot camp takes young men who are adapted to civilian life and attempts to adapt them for life in a war. Discuss this aspect of the characters' time in boot camp.

1) What makes a person a good soldier in the play? How good or bad are the same personality traits in civilian society? Which of the soldiers are well adapted to being in a war?

2) Which of the characters are best adapted for civilian life, and why? How well-suited are their characteristics in war?

3) Do the characters learn strategies for adapting their civilian behaviors to becoming soldiers? In what ways?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of religion in the play.

1) How seriously do the characters take their religions? What influences do the characters' religions have on them?

2) How is Daisy affected by Catholicism and by going to a Catholic school? How does her religious background affect her relationship with Eugene?

3) Are the soldiers' perceptions of Jewish people based in religion, or do they have a different basis?

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