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. How much money is bet by the sailors that Miss Girard is the nurse with the birthmark on her bottom?

2. What does the Captain call Roberts after they settle their argument about the men's liberty?

3. What drink do Miss Girard and Roberts joke is their favorite?

4. What order does the captain shout to the men about their shirts?

5. How does Roberts respond when the messenger tells him the Captain would like to see him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Captain react when he sees the men with their shirts off while on deck?

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

3. What is Roberts' opinion of Pulver in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In Act 1, Scene 1, what does Doc learn about Roberts and his transfer requests?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is the difference between theme and mood in a piece of literature? Provide one example of each from the play "Mister Roberts."

Essay Topic 3

Define a major character and a minor character. Provide at least one example of each from the play, "Mister Roberts." State the importance of minor characters in a piece of literature.

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