Biloxi Blues Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What lesson does Eugene say he's learned?

2. What does Eugene tell Daisy he wants to be?

3. What does Eugene say when Daisy asks him to dance?

4. What evidence does Wykowski cite to accuse Epstein of being the escaped soldier?

5. Where is Toomey leaving the base to go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A major structural feature of the play is the soliloquies delivered by Eugene. Discuss the use of soliloquies in the play. 1) Why does the author include soliloquies that give the audience insight into Eugene's thoughts? Why does the author use Eugene's notebooks as the source of these soliloquies? 2) How would the play be different if Eugene did not talk to the audience? How would it shift the focus of the play? 3) What does the audience learn about Eugene from his actions alone, and how does this differ from what the audience learns from hearing Eugene's thoughts and writings?

Essay Topic 2

Toomey's method of teaching the soldiers is one of cruelty and punishment. Discuss this methodology and its portrayal in the play. 1) Why does Toomey use cruel methods to train the soldiers? What does his method have to do with his experiences in the war? What is Toomey trying to accomplish? 2) How do Toomey's methods forge and change the relationships between the soldiers? 3) What kind of relationship does Toomey develop with the soldiers? Why do they miss him after he's gone?

Essay Topic 3

Boot camp takes young men who are adapted to civilian life and attempts to adapt them for life in a war. Discuss this aspect of the characters' time in boot camp. 1) What makes a person a good soldier in the play? How good or bad are the same personality traits in civilian society? Which of the soldiers are well adapted to being in a war? 2) Which of the characters are best adapted for civilian life, and why? How well-suited are their characteristics in war? 3) Do the characters learn strategies for adapting their civilian behaviors to becoming soldiers? In what ways?

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