Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What city is Joseph from?
2. What does Epstein have in order to prove he has a bad stomach?
3. Does Eugene think Carney's punishment is unfair?
4. What does Toomey say he considers less offensive than burglary?
5. Where are most of the boys sleeping at the beginning of Act 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Toomey threaten to do to the men unless the thief gives himself up?
2. What prevented Eugene from seeing any action in the war?
3. How do Daisy and Eugene end up dancing?
4. How does Eugene react to the men reading his notebook?
5. Describe Rowena's personality.
6. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?
7. How does the army find out the identity of the escaped soldier?
8. What does it show about Carney's character that he talks to Eugene about what Eugene wrote?
9. What happens when Toomey asks the guilty person to come forward?
10. What does Toomey want from the soldiers?
When Wykowski and the other soldiers read about themselves in Eugene's journal, they are upset about what they've read. However, Epstein still encourages Eugene to be honest and not compromising in his writing. Discuss the role of honesty and truth in the play.
1) Why are the soldiers upset by Eugene's honest opinions? Is it wrong for Eugene to write his honest opinions?
2) Toomey steals money from Wykowski in order to foment distrust and anger among the men. What does this instance say about honesty and dishonesty? Why does Epstein falsely confess instead of telling the truth?
3) What other instances are there of honesty and dishonesty in the play, and how are they important?
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?
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?
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