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. How long is Wykowski with the prostitute?

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

3. Where does the prostitute say she's from?

4. Does Eugene have sex with the prostitute?

5. How many times has Carney had sex?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Toomey threaten to do to the men unless the thief gives himself up?

2. How does Eugene's notebook describe Epstein?

3. What does Eugene say when Wykowski asks if he means what he wrote?

4. How does Eugene react to Rowena when she talks about herself?

5. How does Toomey treat Epstein, and why?

6. What is the soldiers' new sergeant like?

7. Who does Eugene talk to at the end of the scene, and why?

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

9. Describe how Toomey wakes up the soldiers.

10. What does Rowena say about her home life?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

One of Eugene's primary goals is to become a writer. Discuss this goal.

1) What qualities does a writer have? Does Eugene possess these qualities? How does Eugene's writing change over the course of the play?

2) Why does Eugene want to be a writer? Why is this an important goal?

3) What does it mean to be a writer? What does being a writer demand from Eugene?

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