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 do the other soldiers respond to Carney's fantasy?

2. What does Toomey say he considers less offensive than burglary?

3. How long is Wykowski with the prostitute?

4. How many young men are on stage at the beginning of Act 1?

5. What is Eugene hiding behind in the prostitute's room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eugene say about his feelings at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?

2. Which soldiers does Toomey not let leave the table, and why?

3. What prevented Eugene from seeing any action in the war?

4. Why is Eugene uncomfortable and nervous in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. What does Hennessey's fantasy say about his character?

6. How does Hennessey react when Toomey asks Hennessey to follow him?

7. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?

8. What does Rowena say about her home life?

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

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

Two of the main characters in the play are Jewish, and throughout the play, there are instances of anti-Semitism. Discuss anti-Semitism in the play.

1) Why does Eugene not stand up for Epstein when he is the victim of antisemitic comments? Why is Epstein more often a victim than Eugene?

2) Why does Toomey say that he won't tolerate anti-Semitic comments among his men? Is Toomey antisemitic or not?

3) What is the significance of the incident when two soldiers beat up Epstein in the restroom? Why does it happen, and what does it mean to Epstein? How does hearing about it affect 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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