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Biloxi Blues Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Discuss sex and love in the play.

1) What distinctions does Eugene make between sex and love? Why does he find his first sexual experience dissatisfying, and why does he begin to look for love after it?

2) Does Eugene have a realistic view of sex? Does he have a realistic view of love? How do his views change over the course of the play?

3) How do the soldiers view sex? How do their views differ? How do their views of sex influence their views of women and love?

Discuss the role of religion in the play.

1) How seriously do the characters take their religions? What influences do the characters' religions have on them?

2) How is Daisy affected by Catholicism and by going to a Catholic school? How does her religious background affect her relationship with Eugene?

3) Are the soldiers' perceptions of Jewish people based in religion, or do they have a different basis?

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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