Biloxi Blues Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Wykowski with the prostitute?

2. What grade does the judge give Carney for his fantasy?

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

4. Does Eugene have sex with the prostitute?

5. How many times has Carney had sex?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Toomey threaten to do to the men unless the thief gives himself up?

2. How does Eugene's notebook describe Epstein?

3. What does Eugene say when Wykowski asks if he means what he wrote?

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

5. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?

6. What is the soldiers' new sergeant like?

7. Who does Eugene talk to at the end of the scene, and why?

8. What prevented Eugene from seeing any action in the war?

9. Describe how Toomey wakes up the soldiers.

10. What does Rowena say about her home life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

An "other" is someone who is different and becomes outcast. Discuss being different and the concept of the "other" in the play.

1) In what ways are each of the characters different and therefore outcast from the others? Which are outcasts in the culture of the army?

2) How do the characters react to the things that make other characters different? Do any of the characters relate their own status as "others" with ways in which others are also outcasts?

3) How does the idea of an outcast "other" relate to war? Who becomes the "other" during wartime, and how do the soldiers think and talk about this during the play?

Essay Topic 2

Two of the main characters in the play are Jewish, and throughout the play, there are instances of anti-Semitism. Discuss anti-Semitism in the play.

1) Why does Eugene not stand up for Epstein when he is the victim of antisemitic comments? Why is Epstein more often a victim than Eugene?

2) Why does Toomey say that he won't tolerate anti-Semitic comments among his men? Is Toomey antisemitic or not?

3) What is the significance of the incident when two soldiers beat up Epstein in the restroom? Why does it happen, and what does it mean to Epstein? How does hearing about it affect Eugene?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the play as a coming-of-age story.

1) How does Eugene mature during the course of the play? What knowledge, experience, and understanding about the world does he gain?

2) In what ways is boot camp a rite of passage that serves as a transition from childhood to adulthood?

3) How is Eugene's visit to the prostitute a rite of passage? What other rites of passage are there in the play?

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