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. When Miss Girard talks about her nickname, how does Pulver respond?

2. What position does Roberts truly hold on the ship?

3. What warning phrase do the sailors shout when spying on the women showering?

4. What do the sailors do when they hear that their liberty is not canceled after all?

5. Miss Girard wants whom to join her and Pulver for a drink?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the lies that Pulver tells Nurse Girard?

2. What news about transfers does Dolan share with the crew?

3. What news does Roberts share with the men at the end of Act 1, Scene 4?

4. What news about Roberts' transfer does Doc share with Roberts in Act 2, Scene 5?

5. What information does Roberts' letter share?

6. What does the Captain say about college-educated men?

7. What does the reader learn about Roberts' transfer and travel plans at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 5?

8. How is the Captain reacting to the news of Roberts' transfer?

9. What does the Captain ask Roberts to do at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

10. What are the Captain's orders about fruit, and why does Roberts break these orders?

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

Describe the relationship and interaction between the crew and Roberts. Touch on the various ways this relationship changes, why it changes, and how the relationship is when the play ends.

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