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. What does Epstein claim he saw?

2. What do the boys eat at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

3. What is the weather like?

4. Who does the prostitute live with?

5. What does the prostitute ask Eugene when he comes out from hiding?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the soldiers' new sergeant like?

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

3. What does Toomey want from the soldiers?

4. What kind of a person is Arnold?

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

6. Where has Eugene traveled in the past?

7. How does Eugene convince Daisy to kiss him?

8. What is the scene at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 9 reminiscent of?

9. Describe Rowena's personality.

10. What happens when Toomey asks the guilty person to come forward?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss homosexuality in the play.

1) How do the soldiers view homosexuality, and why? Why do they use homosexuality as an insult?

2) Why does Eugene suspect Epstein is gay, and why does this make him reluctant to become close to Epstein? Why are the other soldiers quick to think that Eugene might be right?

3) Does Hennessey's experience as a homosexual man in the army change how he reacts to the other soldiers and instances of bigotry? What is the army's reaction to homosexuality, and why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the culture of the army in the play.

1) What does the army expect from its soldiers? What type of discipline, regulations, and values does the army promote?

2) Why is army food bad, and why are the soldiers required to eat all of their food?

3) The army brings together many different men from different cultures. How does the diversity of soldiers contribute to the culture of the army? Does it cause conflict? Does it have any benefits?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss friendship in the novel.

1) The soldiers are thrown together from different backgrounds and with different personalities. To what extent do the soldiers develop friendships with each other? Which soldiers develop the closest friendships?

2) Is friendship different than mutual respect and reliance as soldiers? In what way?

3) How do the soldiers' differences from each other stand in the way of friendship? Does being in the army together forge friendship? How?

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