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 percent of Toomey's overseas outfit does he say died?

2. What is wrong with Roy's mouth?

3. Who actually stole Wykowski's money?

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

5. Who goes to see the prostitute after Wykowski?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Compare Carney and Selridge's fantasies.

3. What does it show about Carney's character that he talks to Eugene about what Eugene wrote?

4. Describe Eugene's relationship with the other boys.

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

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

7. What does Toomey tell the soldiers about their future service in the war?

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

9. What is the soldiers' new sergeant like?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One of Eugene's primary goals is to become a writer. Discuss this goal.

1) What qualities does a writer have? Does Eugene possess these qualities? How does Eugene's writing change over the course of the play?

2) Why does Eugene want to be a writer? Why is this an important goal?

3) What does it mean to be a writer? What does being a writer demand from Eugene?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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