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 did the men in the latrine do to Epstein's head?

2. What does Wykowski say that the prostitute told him?

3. How long is Wykowski with the prostitute?

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

5. Who wins the contest for the best fantasy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare Carney and Selridge's fantasies.

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

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

4. Where has Eugene traveled in the past?

5. What does Arnold's fantasy say about his character?

6. What does Hennessey's fantasy say about his character?

7. How does Eugene's notebook describe Epstein?

8. What communications does Eugene still have with Daisy?

9. How do Daisy and Eugene end up dancing?

10. What kind of a person is Arnold?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

BILOXI BLUES is a story of soldiers in boot camp, and so it is a primarily male story. However, there are two significant female characters, and women play an important role in the soldiers' lives. Discuss the play's portrayal of women.

1) Compare Rowena to Daisy. What aspects of womanhood do they represent?

2) Why does Eugene fall for Daisy? What characteristics does he admire in her?

3) Are the portrayals of women in the play realistic? Are the women well-developed characters? How do the soldiers view women?

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