Streamers 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. Why does Roger want to stay at the barracks instead of going downtown with Carlyle?

2. What object is at the foot of each of the bunks?

3. Why does Carlyle refuse to get off of the floor and into bed?

4. Why does Billy threaten Richie while they are mopping the bunks?

5. Because of O'Flannigan's accident, what song was he unable to sing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Carlyle jealous of Billy, Richie, and Roger?

2. What action does Richie make to cause Billy to realize what is about to happen between him (Richie) and Carlyle?

3. Why does Rooney claim that Billy, Roger, and Richie are not in the Army?

4. What does Richie mean by the "real Richie" is in Manhattan, and the other Richie is sitting in the Army reading a book?

5. What is symbolic about Cokes saying the the man in the spider hole was "singing it"?

6. Why is Roger so willing to accept Carlyle and his behavior?

7. Explain the hidden meaning behind Carlyle's comment: "it is dark in the night. Black man got a black body--he disappear."

8. What is wrong with the lieutenant's statement: "two perfectly trained and primed strong pieces of U.S. Army property cut to [expletive] up in here"?

9. Why does Carlyle hate the Army?

10. Why does Carlyle have a problem with the duty the Army has assigned him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

All of the men (Billy, Roger, Richie, and Carlyle) are afraid of war. Choose one character and define their fear of war using textual evidence while explaining the reasoning behind the fears.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the differences between Roger and Carlyle. Be sure to address their individual standpoints on the Army, homosexuality, race, and friendship.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play, Billy repeatedly denies Richie's homosexuality. Why does Billy do this? What is Billy afraid of? Does Billy think that Richie is a threat? Be sure to use textual evidence to support your standpoint.

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