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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

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 2

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 3

Boot camp takes young men who are adapted to civilian life and attempts to adapt them for life in a war. Discuss this aspect of the characters' time in boot camp.

1) What makes a person a good soldier in the play? How good or bad are the same personality traits in civilian society? Which of the soldiers are well adapted to being in a war?

2) Which of the characters are best adapted for civilian life, and why? How well-suited are their characteristics in war?

3) Do the characters learn strategies for adapting their civilian behaviors to becoming soldiers? In what ways?

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