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. When Maryk asks Keefer to go with him to see the medical officer of the Pluto, how does Keefer respond?

2. Queeg stays in his cabin only eating what?

3. When Maryk comes to Keefer to talk about Queeg, what is Keefer reading?

4. How many hours is Keith left sitting in the Navy doctor's office?

5. Which of the new officers aboard the Caine is only in the Navy because his mother owns a Boston shipyard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Willie not take his relationship with May Wynn seriously?

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

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

4. What happens during Willie's first watch?

5. What happened to Roland Keefer's ship?

6. What is Keefer's testimony like?

7. What is Captain White like?

8. What happens after Queeg receives the verdict for Stilwell's court martial?

9. Tom Keefer explains his philosophy of the Navy to Willie. What is it?

10. Why does Willie not wake up at the beginning of the typhoon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the differences and similarities between Maryk and Queeg. How will these similarities and differences continue to affect the novel? Use examples from the book to support your theory.

Essay Topic 2

Queeg seems to wait for orders before he acts while his crew seems to have difficulty doing that. Discuss the pros and cons of each approach using support from the book and the general knowledge of the military that has been conveyed in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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