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. What did Cokes do to the man in the spider hole?

2. As Roger is finishing up the mopping, what do Cokes and Rooney carry into the room?

3. What does Carlyle pull out of his pocket after catching Roger in Richie's footlocker?

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

5. According to the stage directions, what color are the shades that cover the lights?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Richie make fun of Billy's vernacular?

2. Why does Richie think that Roger would understand the problems associated with being homosexual?

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

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

5. Why is Richie afraid of the Vietcong and war?

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

7. What does "standing tall" mean to the men in the bunk room?

8. Why does Carlyle speak in the third person when talking to Richie about his (Carlyle's) behavior the night he passed out on the bunk room floor?

9. What is ironic about Carlyle's attire going into town?

10. Why does Billy have a problem with Carlyle turning off the lights in the bunk room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roger claims that Richie never told him that he was a homosexual. Go back through the play and note all of Richie's references to his homosexuality. Once finished, choose one statement that could be a masked admittance to his homosexuality and one that is a blatant. Compare and contrast the meaning/understanding behind each of the statements.

Essay Topic 2

All of the characters have a flaw. Choose a character from the following list and describe their flaw. Use textual evidence to support the decision. Be sure to address the following questions in the essay: What is the character's flaw? Do others recognize the flaw? Do other characters depend on this flaw to use against the owner of the flaw? Does the character recognize their own flaw?

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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