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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. How does Eugene feel about the army?

2. What does the prostitute ask Eugene when he comes out from hiding?

3. Where does Act 2, Scene 1 take place?

4. Where does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?

5. Where is Arnold Epstein sleeping at the beginning of Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?

4. How does Eugene react to the men reading his notebook?

5. Describe Arnold Epstein's eating habits.

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

7. What kind of person is Eugene hoping to meet?

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

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

10. What two ways does Toomey say he might treat the boys?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The soldiers all have different dreams and goals. Discuss the role of dreams and goals in the play.

1) Eugene achieves three goals during the play. Discuss these goals and their importance, and what they say about his character.

2) Carney's dream is to become a singer. What does this dream say about him? Why doesn't Carney achieve his goal?

3) Do Wykowski and Selridge have goals and dreams for themselves? What does their lack of concrete dreams say about them as characters? How does it change their lives?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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