Mister Roberts 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. Because it is so hot, what happens while the sailors are unloading cargo?

2. About what does Miss Girard say the nurses have been talking?

3. What request does the Captain ask of Roberts regarding their conversation about the men's liberty?

4. What does Roberts tell Doc he spots while on watch the previous night?

5. What gift does Roberts take to the Port Director?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Roberts mention about Pulver's pranks in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. What excuse does the Captain give Roberts for canceling liberty?

3. What reason is provided for why Roberts has let the Captain speak to him the way he has, and who defends Roberts?

4. What is Pulver's interaction with the Captain like in Act 1, Scene 3?

5. What message does the Captain deliver over the loudspeaker in Act 1, Scene 5?

6. What does Roberts have to do to get the Captain to give the men their liberty?

7. How do the men find out about Roberts' agreement with the Captain, and how does their attitude change toward him?

8. What is the response when the crew hears the Captain is still asleep and has not issued the orders for liberty to start?

9. What does Dolan try to pressure Roberts to do, and how does Roberts react?

10. For what is Pulver looking in Roberts' things and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the two classical types of plays that have been studied and one newer type of fiction that has been discussed. Into which category do you believe "Mister Roberts" falls, and why? Provide examples from the story to support your point.

Essay Topic 2

Outline the transformation of Pulver from the beginning of the story to the end. Due to this transformation, what type of character is Pulver considered? As part of your answer, define the concepts of static and dynamic characters.

Essay Topic 3

Outline what a plot is. Define what exposition and climax are in a plot, and provide examples from "Mister Roberts" for these two parts.

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