The Caine Mutiny 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. Instead of Queeg, who gets reassigned from the Caine?

2. What type of sandwich does Willie indulge in while tied to the destroyer?

3. What does Willie do to punish himself for not recognizing his ship when he first sees her?

4. In Chapter 19, the Caine is sent to help capture what island?

5. When Queeg returns to the ship after getting in trouble at ComServPac, what does he find Stilwell doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Queeg react after Jellybelly tells him that the mess boys ate the strawberries?

2. How were the two attorneys different during closing arguments?

3. What does Dr. Bird do to upset the board during his testimony?

4. How does Dr. Lundeen explain Queeg's personality and behavior?

5. Why does Queeg refuse to ballast?

6. How does Queeg determine that the strawberries are missing?

7. What reason does Willie give May for introducing her by her real name to his mother?

8. What is Willie's first impression of the USS Caine?

9. Why does Willie decide to open his father's letter earlier than promised?

10. What happens toward the end of Queeg's testimony?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Willie and May's relationship is quite complicated. What are some of the many complex facets to their relationship? Why does Willie think he can't marry her? Why does he have such a hard time making up his mind about what to do? Use examples from the book to support your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

The captain of a ship is supposed to be a leader. In light of the shift from how the men performed under De Vriess and how things are going under Queeg, discuss how Queeg's character affects the rest of the men on the Caine. What kind of leader is Queeg?

Essay Topic 3

Through Tom Keefer's literary allusions in Chapter 9 and Willie's visit to the Moulton in Chapter 10, we begin to see Willie struggle with appearances versus reality. Why does Willie struggle with the fact that things are not always what they seem? How do you think growing up privileged has influenced the way he makes judgments? Do his first impressions get him into trouble? By the end of the novel, has his perspective changed? What leads to the change?

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