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. Why has the Captain not issued the orders for the men to go ashore even though they are ready for their liberty?

2. During which war is this play set?

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

4. In what geographical location are the sailors having their liberty?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does Furnell's letter share?

2. How does the Captain speak about Roberts in front of the men in Act 2, Scene 2?

3. About what do Dolan and Pulver speak when Dolan comes to drop off Roberts' letter?

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

5. What does Doc think about the cargo ship and the desire to fight about which Roberts is speaking?

6. What does the Captain say to Roberts about his transfer requests in Act 1, Scene 3?

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

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

9. Into what other trouble, besides the dance, have the sailors gotten themselves while on liberty?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define rising action and falling action. These two devices are part of what? Cite examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What is foreshadowing and how is it used in literature? What is one example of foreshadowing used in "Mister Roberts?" Do you find foreshadowing as a helpful literary technique? Why or why not?

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