Biloxi Blues Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 long is Wykowski with the prostitute?

2. What grade does the judge give Carney for his fantasy?

3. Where does the prostitute say she's from?

4. Does Eugene have sex with the prostitute?

5. How many times has Carney had sex?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Eugene's notebook describe Epstein?

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

4. How does Eugene react to Rowena when she talks about herself?

5. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?

6. What is the soldiers' new sergeant like?

7. Who does Eugene talk to at the end of the scene, and why?

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

9. Describe how Toomey wakes up the soldiers.

10. What does Rowena say about her home life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The soldiers all have different dreams and goals. Discuss the role of dreams and goals in the play.

1) Eugene achieves three goals during the play. Discuss these goals and their importance, and what they say about his character.

2) Carney's dream is to become a singer. What does this dream say about him? Why doesn't Carney achieve his goal?

3) Do Wykowski and Selridge have goals and dreams for themselves? What does their lack of concrete dreams say about them as characters? How does it change their lives?

Essay Topic 2

A major structural feature of the play is the soliloquies delivered by Eugene. Discuss the use of soliloquies in the play.

1) Why does the author include soliloquies that give the audience insight into Eugene's thoughts? Why does the author use Eugene's notebooks as the source of these soliloquies?

2) How would the play be different if Eugene did not talk to the audience? How would it shift the focus of the play?

3) What does the audience learn about Eugene from his actions alone, and how does this differ from what the audience learns from hearing Eugene's thoughts and writings?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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