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 won't Toomey allow Epstein to do?

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

3. Who actually stole Wykowski's money?

4. Who goes to see the prostitute after Wykowski?

5. What do the boys eat at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Toomey asks the guilty person to come forward?

2. What does Toomey do to punish Eugene during the march?

3. What state is Toomey in during Act 2, Scene 7?

4. How does Eugene react to the men reading his notebook?

5. What does Daisy have to abstain from because of the religious holiday?

6. Where has Eugene traveled in the past?

7. What does Epstein object to about Toomey's style?

8. How does Eugene convince Daisy to kiss him?

9. How does the army find out the identity of the escaped soldier?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss humor in the play.

1) How do the characters use humor in their interactions? How do they use humor as insults? How does humor form part of their friendship?

2) In what ways does the author use humor in the play? How does the author combine serious issues such as prejudice and war with humor?

Essay Topic 3

Eugene grows from a boy into a man during the course of the play. How does the play define the quality of manhood?

1) What does it mean to be a man for Eugene? What is required of a man that's not required of a boy?

2) How does sex relate to manhood in the play? How does war relate to manhood in the play?

3) How do men in the play relate to each other? Do boys relate to each other differently than men?

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