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. 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

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?

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

Toomey's method of teaching the soldiers is one of cruelty and punishment. Discuss this methodology and its portrayal in the play.

1) Why does Toomey use cruel methods to train the soldiers? What does his method have to do with his experiences in the war? What is Toomey trying to accomplish?

2) How do Toomey's methods forge and change the relationships between the soldiers?

3) What kind of relationship does Toomey develop with the soldiers? Why do they miss him after he's gone?

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