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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 Epstein call Toomey?
2. What is missing from Wykowski's wallet?
3. What does the prostitute tell Eugene he should do to look older?
4. Where does Toomey say the march will be?
5. What does James refill?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the scene at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 9 reminiscent of?
2. Describe Arnold Epstein's eating habits.
3. What kind of a person is Arnold?
4. What prevented Eugene from seeing any action in the war?
5. What does Rowena say about her home life?
6. What courtesy does Epstein give Eugene that none of the other soldiers do?
7. What does Toomey tell the soldiers about their future service in the war?
8. How does Eugene react to the men reading his notebook?
9. Which soldiers does Toomey not let leave the table, and why?
10. What does Hennessey's fantasy say about his character?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss homosexuality in the play.
1) How do the soldiers view homosexuality, and why? Why do they use homosexuality as an insult?
2) Why does Eugene suspect Epstein is gay, and why does this make him reluctant to become close to Epstein? Why are the other soldiers quick to think that Eugene might be right?
3) Does Hennessey's experience as a homosexual man in the army change how he reacts to the other soldiers and instances of bigotry? What is the army's reaction to homosexuality, and why?
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
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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