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 does Epstein say that Eugene is?

3. How does Eugene feel about the army?

4. Who does the prostitute live with?

5. What does Eugene tell the prostitute his name is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rowena's personality.

2. What does Roy think of himself?

3. What does Hennessey do when he tries to defend Epstein and Eugene?

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

5. What does Toomey want from the soldiers?

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

7. What does Rowena say about her home life?

8. What does Toomey threaten to do to the men unless the thief gives himself up?

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

10. How does Eugene convince Daisy to kiss him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

An "other" is someone who is different and becomes outcast. Discuss being different and the concept of the "other" in the play.

1) In what ways are each of the characters different and therefore outcast from the others? Which are outcasts in the culture of the army?

2) How do the characters react to the things that make other characters different? Do any of the characters relate their own status as "others" with ways in which others are also outcasts?

3) How does the idea of an outcast "other" relate to war? Who becomes the "other" during wartime, and how do the soldiers think and talk about this during the play?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of religion in the play.

1) How seriously do the characters take their religions? What influences do the characters' religions have on them?

2) How is Daisy affected by Catholicism and by going to a Catholic school? How does her religious background affect her relationship with Eugene?

3) Are the soldiers' perceptions of Jewish people based in religion, or do they have a different basis?

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