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. Why did Hennesey get assigned to the duty he's on?

2. How does Eugene feel about the army?

3. Whose greeting of Toomey is less friendly than the other soldiers?

4. Where does Eugene get his knowledge of sex positions?

5. Who does the prostitute live with?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Epstein offer to do for the other soldiers?

3. What does Eugene do at the end of the scene?

4. What is the scene at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 9 reminiscent of?

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

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

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

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

9. What punishment does Toomey promise if Epstein doesn't complete his duty to Toomey's standards?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Toomey's method of teaching the soldiers is one of cruelty and punishment. Discuss this methodology and its portrayal in the play.

1) Why does Toomey use cruel methods to train the soldiers? What does his method have to do with his experiences in the war? What is Toomey trying to accomplish?

2) How do Toomey's methods forge and change the relationships between the soldiers?

3) What kind of relationship does Toomey develop with the soldiers? Why do they miss him after he's gone?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss humor in the play.

1) How do the characters use humor in their interactions? How do they use humor as insults? How does humor form part of their friendship?

2) In what ways does the author use humor in the play? How does the author combine serious issues such as prejudice and war with humor?

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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