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. Which game do Willie and Keggs play aboard the Moulton?

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

3. Who is Willie's new roommate in Chapter 18?

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

5. In Chapter 24, Queeg restricts what for six months?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Queeg call attention away from his cowardly behavior at the end of Chapter 20?

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

3. Why does Commander Merton give Willie another chance after the disaster on the parade grounds?

4. When and where does Greenwald first meet Maryk?

5. What is Captain White like?

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

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

8. How did the other sailors on the Caine testify?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While there is a war going on, the men of the Caine are caught up in their own conflict. Discuss how the smallness of their perspective seems to develop and how they lose sight of the bigger picture. How do you think men on other ships deal with the monotony of life at sea?

Essay Topic 2

During the trial, Barney Greenwald tries to prove that Captain Queeg is not sane. Using evidence from the trial and the entire book, answer the question: Is Queeg sane or insane?

Essay Topic 3

The main character of "The Caine Mutiny", Willie Keith, undergoes great personal transformation in the novel. Trace his growth through the novel and how he changed as a person.

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