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 didn't flush one of the johns in the latrine after Epstein cleaned it?

2. Where is Arnold Epstein sleeping at the beginning of Act 1?

3. What year is the play set in?

4. Who does the prostitute live with?

5. How long a march does Toomey say he's taking the soldiers on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What communications does Eugene still have with Daisy?

3. What keeps Eugene from defending Arnold Epstein?

4. Describe Eugene's attempt to dance with Daisy.

5. What does Daisy tell Eugene she will always know, if he winds up with another girl?

6. How does Eugene convince Daisy to kiss him?

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

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

9. What are Eugene's goals during the war?

10. What does Roy think of himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the play as a coming-of-age story.

1) How does Eugene mature during the course of the play? What knowledge, experience, and understanding about the world does he gain?

2) In what ways is boot camp a rite of passage that serves as a transition from childhood to adulthood?

3) How is Eugene's visit to the prostitute a rite of passage? What other rites of passage are there in the play?

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

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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