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 Epstein want to do to the two men who abused him?

2. What does Donald's sister look like?

3. Where is Act 1, Scene 3 set?

4. How many times has Carney had sex?

5. What does Roy stick in Joseph's face?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is everyone surprised about what Eugene has written about them?

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

4. How does the army find out the identity of the escaped soldier?

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

6. What does it show about Carney's character that he talks to Eugene about what Eugene wrote?

7. Describe Arnold Epstein's eating habits.

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

9. What does Eugene tell Wykowski about his motives?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

An "other" is someone who is different and becomes outcast. Discuss being different and the concept of the "other" in the play.

1) In what ways are each of the characters different and therefore outcast from the others? Which are outcasts in the culture of the army?

2) How do the characters react to the things that make other characters different? Do any of the characters relate their own status as "others" with ways in which others are also outcasts?

3) How does the idea of an outcast "other" relate to war? Who becomes the "other" during wartime, and how do the soldiers think and talk about this during the play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of fantasy in the novel.

1) What are the different soldiers' fantasies, and what do those fantasies say about their characters? Can their fantasies be separated into different categories?

2) What is Toomey's fantasy, and why? Is Toomey's fantasy different from the soldiers' fantasies, and what does it say about Toomey as a character?

3) What role does having fantasies play in the characters' lives? Why do the characters want to discuss and bet on their fantasies?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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