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

2. Which of the following best describes the Captain's actions in Act 1, Scene3?

3. What paper is Roberts holding in his hand when he runs into the doctor early in Act 1, Scene 1?

4. What does the Captain reference when talking about his success with Roberts?

5. What position does Roberts tell Miss Girard he holds on the ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what does Dowdy complain to Pulver, and how does Pulver respond in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?

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 information does the Military Police share about the dance that was crashed by the sailors?

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

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

6. Where is "Mister Roberts" set, and whose story does it tell?

7. How do Doc and Roberts help Pulver out in Act 1, Scene 2?

8. How does the crew seem to feel about Roberts at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

9. What news about transfers does Dolan share with the crew?

10. What is the response when the crew hears the Captain is still asleep and has not issued the orders for liberty to start?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

What is a hero and where did the hero story originate? In this play, who can be considered a hero, and why?

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