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. Who does Toomey confine to the barracks for the weekend?

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

3. What does Epstein say that Eugene is?

4. How long is Wykowski with the prostitute?

5. Who does Toomey punish with exercises because of Eugene's answer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Toomey want from the soldiers?

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

4. Why is Carney upset at what Eugene wrote?

5. How does Eugene convince Daisy to kiss him?

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

7. What two ways does Toomey say he might treat the boys?

8. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?

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

10. What is the soldiers' new sergeant like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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