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 is wrong with Roy's mouth?

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

3. What is Selridge doing at the beginning of the scene?

4. Who goes to see the prostitute after Wykowski?

5. What does Epstein call Toomey?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Rowena's personality.

4. What prevented Eugene from seeing any action in the war?

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

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

7. How do Daisy and Eugene end up dancing?

8. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Two of the main characters in the play are Jewish, and throughout the play, there are instances of anti-Semitism. Discuss anti-Semitism in the play.

1) Why does Eugene not stand up for Epstein when he is the victim of antisemitic comments? Why is Epstein more often a victim than Eugene?

2) Why does Toomey say that he won't tolerate anti-Semitic comments among his men? Is Toomey antisemitic or not?

3) What is the significance of the incident when two soldiers beat up Epstein in the restroom? Why does it happen, and what does it mean to Epstein? How does hearing about it affect Eugene?

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

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?

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