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. What do Roberts and the Captain hear coming from the port while they are arguing about liberty?

2. Besides the nearby island, on what does Dowdy comment when he first joins Roberts?

3. What does the Captain say Roberts must do so that the men will be allowed liberty?

4. What job does Pulver truly hold on the cargo ship?

5. What type of fruit is in the crates Roberts gives to the officer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Pulver goes to test his firecracker?

2. How does Pulver react when he reads the news about Roberts?

3. What does the reader learn about Pulver in Act 1, Scene 4?

4. Pulver and Miss Girard are talking about what as they try to head to Pulver's cabin?

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

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

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

8. In Act 2, Scene 2, what has happened because of the men's behavior while on liberty?

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

10. What affect does Roberts feel liberty has had on the men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does authority play in this story? How do Roberts and the crew view authority? How does this differ from the way the Captain views authority?

Essay Topic 2

Define symbolism as a literary term. What is the main symbol in the play and what does it represent? Are there any other examples of symbolism that can be found in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Why is liberty so important to the men on the cargo ship? What importance or role does liberty play in the unfolding of the story "Mister Roberts?" Would this story have been the same if the conflict surrounding the men's liberty was removed?

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