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. Where does the prostitute say she's from?

2. What did the men in the latrine do to Epstein's head?

3. How does Eugene say the environment smells?

4. Where does Eugene tell the prostitute he's from?

5. Who wins the contest for the best fantasy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Carney upset at what Eugene wrote?

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

3. Describe how Toomey wakes up the soldiers.

4. What does Eugene tell Wykowski about his motives?

5. Compare Carney and Selridge's fantasies.

6. What does Arnold's fantasy say about his character?

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

8. What does Epstein offer to do for the other soldiers?

9. What does Rowena say about her home life?

10. What does Eugene's attitude seem to be after the other soldiers have read his writings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

BILOXI BLUES is a story of soldiers in boot camp, and so it is a primarily male story. However, there are two significant female characters, and women play an important role in the soldiers' lives. Discuss the play's portrayal of women.

1) Compare Rowena to Daisy. What aspects of womanhood do they represent?

2) Why does Eugene fall for Daisy? What characteristics does he admire in her?

3) Are the portrayals of women in the play realistic? Are the women well-developed characters? How do the soldiers view women?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss confrontation in the play.

1) Epstein isn't afraid to confront the other characters, while Eugene tends to be non-confrontational. Why do the two characters take these different attitudes? What are the dangers and benefits of Epstein and Eugene's attitudes toward confrontation?

2) Which of the soldiers are willing to be confrontational toward Toomey, in what circumstances, and why? What does this say about the soldiers?

3) How does being confrontational personally relate to one's ability to be a soldier in the play?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of fantasy in the novel.

1) What are the different soldiers' fantasies, and what do those fantasies say about their characters? Can their fantasies be separated into different categories?

2) What is Toomey's fantasy, and why? Is Toomey's fantasy different from the soldiers' fantasies, and what does it say about Toomey as a character?

3) What role does having fantasies play in the characters' lives? Why do the characters want to discuss and bet on their fantasies?

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