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

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

3. Who actually stole Wykowski's money?

4. How many young men are on stage at the beginning of Act 1?

5. Which of the soldiers says he is not up for the march?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Eugene convince Daisy to kiss him?

2. What does Eugene say about his feelings at the end of Act 2, Scene 8?

3. What is the soldiers' new sergeant like?

4. Why does Carney decide not to visit the prostitute?

5. What courtesy does Epstein give Eugene that none of the other soldiers do?

6. What does Toomey do to punish Eugene during the march?

7. Describe how Toomey wakes up the soldiers.

8. Why is Carney upset at what Eugene wrote?

9. What does Eugene's attitude seem to be after the other soldiers have read his writings?

10. Describe Rowena's personality.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss confrontation in the play.

1) Epstein isn't afraid to confront the other characters, while Eugene tends to be non-confrontational. Why do the two characters take these different attitudes? What are the dangers and benefits of Epstein and Eugene's attitudes toward confrontation?

2) Which of the soldiers are willing to be confrontational toward Toomey, in what circumstances, and why? What does this say about the soldiers?

3) How does being confrontational personally relate to one's ability to be a soldier in the play?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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