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 are the Captain's actions best described in Act 1, Scene 6?

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

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

4. What type of study does Roberts quit before becoming a sailor?

5. Why can't Pulver have lunch with the Captain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What information does Roberts' letter share?

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

7. What does Wiley say about liberty?

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

10. What kind of excitement and trouble do the spyglasses cause in the beginning of the play?

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

Define a dynamic character and a static character. Provide one example of a dynamic character and one of a static character, and describe how each character meets the standards of either a standard or dynamic character. Cite examples from the play, "Mr. Roberts."

Essay Topic 3

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?

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