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. Where does Toomey say the march will be?

2. What grade does the judge give Carney for his fantasy?

3. What does Wykowski say Epstein should ask for to eat?

4. What does Wykowski promise not to do to Epstein anymore?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Carney upset at what Eugene wrote?

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

3. What does Eugene do at the end of the scene?

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

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

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

7. What does Hennessey do when he tries to defend Epstein and Eugene?

8. Why does Carney decide not to visit the prostitute?

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

10. What does Epstein threaten that he will do to Wykowski on the troopship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss friendship in the novel.

1) The soldiers are thrown together from different backgrounds and with different personalities. To what extent do the soldiers develop friendships with each other? Which soldiers develop the closest friendships?

2) Is friendship different than mutual respect and reliance as soldiers? In what way?

3) How do the soldiers' differences from each other stand in the way of friendship? Does being in the army together forge friendship? How?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of fantasy in the novel.

1) What are the different soldiers' fantasies, and what do those fantasies say about their characters? Can their fantasies be separated into different categories?

2) What is Toomey's fantasy, and why? Is Toomey's fantasy different from the soldiers' fantasies, and what does it say about Toomey as a character?

3) What role does having fantasies play in the characters' lives? Why do the characters want to discuss and bet on their fantasies?

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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