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. In Chapter 7, who does Willie find out is assigned to the Caine?

2. Where did Willie attend college?

3. At the end of Chapter 23, Maryk is in his bunk reading what book?

4. When the Caine is finally ready to go out in open waters with its new captain, what book does Captain Queeg bring with him to the bridge?

5. Who summons Willie from the Caine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author use the title "Through the Looking Glass" for Chapter 1?

2. How does Breakstone feel about the case?

3. According to Ensign Brain, why is it important for Willie to be on time?

4. What does Willie tell Maryk when Stilwell asks for emergency leave after receiving a telegram that his mother is sick?

5. What is Willie's role in Stilwell's court martial?

6. What are some of the quirky ways in which the crew begins to respond to their own boredom?

7. What happened to Roland Keefer's ship?

8. What does Queeg do to insure that the men do not pass keys to friends on the Harte?

9. What happens during Willie's first watch?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning, Willie seems to think that Queeg is going to be a great change from Captain de Vriess. Why does he think that? At what point do you think Willie begins to realize his first impression may not have been accurate? Why does he grow to hate Queeg? At what point does he realize he has more respect for de Vriess than Queeg? Use examples from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 25, a new side of Roland Keefer is revealed. Compare and contrast the two Keefers using support from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Setting often plays an important role in literature. How does the setting of this book affect the story?

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