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 duty does Toomey give to Epstein?

2. How does Eugene feel about the army?

3. How long a march does Toomey say he's taking the soldiers on?

4. How many sex positions does Selridge say there are?

5. Who does Toomey confine to the barracks for the weekend?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Daisy and Eugene end up dancing?

2. What state is Toomey in during Act 2, Scene 7?

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

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

5. What kind of a person is Arnold?

6. What does Toomey want from the soldiers?

7. Which soldiers does Toomey not let leave the table, and why?

8. What does Eugene tell Wykowski about his motives?

9. What does Toomey do to punish Eugene during the march?

10. How does Eugene's notebook describe Epstein?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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