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

2. What does the Navy find during Willie's physical?

3. How does Roland Keefer die?

4. What officer visits the Caine in Chapter 21?

5. What does the crew of the Caine do while the Marines are invading Namur?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Queeg reprimand Willie about the typhoon?

2. What happens when the news of Japan's surrender is heard?

3. What happens while Willie is distracted and watching Maryk swim out to recover the float?

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

5. What is the crew's first impression of Captain Queeg?

6. How does Breakstone feel about the case?

7. Why does Willie get in trouble in Chapter 12?

8. What reason does Keefer give to explain Queeg's obsession with the strawberries?

9. What amenities does the destroyer have that the Caine does not?

10. Why does Queeg refuse to ballast?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ice cream plays a prominent role on the Caine in Chapters 19-21. Why do you think that is? What symbolic significance might it have? Why didn't the author choose some other kind of food?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The author writes that "The Kwajalein invasion... was a grand classic of sea warfare, a lesson for the generations. There has never been a more wisely conceived and surgically executed operation. As a young man's first taste of war, however, it was too rich, too easy, too fancy, too perfect." Why do you think the author described the invasion that way? What effect will this invasion have on Willie? Will it mislead him or give him the wrong idea?

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