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 is the prostitute doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

2. What does Epstein have in order to prove he has a bad stomach?

3. How long a march does Toomey say he's taking the soldiers on?

4. Why did Hennesey get assigned to the duty he's on?

5. How many times has Carney had sex?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Carney decide not to visit the prostitute?

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

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

4. What kind of a person is Arnold?

5. What keeps Eugene from defending Arnold Epstein?

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

7. Why is everyone surprised about what Eugene has written about them?

8. What is Toomey's strategy for punishing Eugene for his answers?

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

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

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

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?

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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