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. Why does the judge give Hennessy a good grade for his fantasy?

2. What does Epstein say that Eugene is?

3. How many sex positions does Eugene say there are?

4. What does Toomey make Carney do as punishment?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Toomey tell the soldiers about their future service in the war?

2. What communications does Eugene still have with Daisy?

3. At the end of Act 2, Scene 7, how does Eugene say his relationship with Daisy has developed?

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

5. What does Roy think of himself?

6. How does Eugene's notebook describe Epstein?

7. Describe Eugene's relationship with the other boys.

8. Why is Carney upset at what Eugene wrote?

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

10. How long is Selridge in with the prostitute?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss humor in the play.

1) How do the characters use humor in their interactions? How do they use humor as insults? How does humor form part of their friendship?

2) In what ways does the author use humor in the play? How does the author combine serious issues such as prejudice and war with humor?

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