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 does Roy stick in Joseph's face?

2. What does Eugene tell the prostitute about his past sex life?

3. How do the other soldiers respond to Carney's fantasy?

4. What does the prostitute tell Eugene he should do to look older?

5. What does Eugene start doing when he can't sleep?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where has Eugene traveled in the past?

3. How do Daisy and Eugene end up dancing?

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

5. What does it show about Carney's character that he talks to Eugene about what Eugene wrote?

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

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

8. What does Eugene say when Wykowski asks if he means what he wrote?

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

10. What is Daisy doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role of fantasy in the novel. 1) What are the different soldiers' fantasies, and what do those fantasies say about their characters? Can their fantasies be separated into different categories? 2) What is Toomey's fantasy, and why? Is Toomey's fantasy different from the soldiers' fantasies, and what does it say about Toomey as a character? 3) What role does having fantasies play in the characters' lives? Why do the characters want to discuss and bet on their fantasies?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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