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

2. Why does Miss Girard ask Pulver to call a boat?

3. What sort of punishment does the Captain says Roberts deserves as they argue about liberty for the men?

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

5. What does Roberts pick up at the end of Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What reasons does Roberts give for putting Dolan on report?

5. What is Dolan doing with the goat on the cargo ship?

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

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

8. What does the Captain do when he first realizes what has happened to his palm tree?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Briefly describe the structure of a play. Compare and contrast the structure of a play with the structure of a novel. What structure do you feel is most appropriate for "Mister Roberts?"

Essay Topic 3

Describe Pulver's relationship with Roberts, and Doc's relationship with Roberts. How do they differ from Roberts' relationship with the crew?

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