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 Eugene ask Epstein?

2. Who does the prostitute live with?

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

4. What year is the play set in?

5. What is the setting of Act 1, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the other soldiers react when Toomey obeys his punishment?

3. What does Daisy have to abstain from because of the religious holiday?

4. What does Toomey tell the soldiers about their future service in the war?

5. At the end of Act 2, Scene 7, how does Eugene say his relationship with Daisy has developed?

6. How does Eugene react to the men reading his notebook?

7. Where has Eugene traveled in the past?

8. What state is Toomey in during Act 2, Scene 7?

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

10. What kind of a person is Arnold?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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