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 is Richie's sexual orientation?

2. Why does Roger think Richie joined the Army?

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

4. How many bunks are on the stage at the opening of Act 1?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Billy say that he would rather face "freezin' cold" than snakes?

2. Why does Roger seem oblivious to the fact that Richie is a homosexual?

3. Explain the comparison Carlyle makes regarding "dealing trouble" and "smiling."

4. What is a "streamer"?

5. Why does the lieutenant's actions towards Roger speak to the stereotypical assumptions regarding the crime scene?

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

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

8. Why does Roger try to talk Billy into going into town while leaving Richie out of the conversation?

9. 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"?

10. Why does Billy compare Carlyle to an animal?

Essay 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

Choose a character from the following list. Discuss whether or not you believe that character thinks/believes Richie is a homosexual. Be sure to discuss their conversations, behaviors, and the stage directions associated with any textual evidence that is deemed supportive of the decision.




Essay Topic 3

Choose a pairing from the following list. Discuss the friendship in depth. Be sure to address the following questions in the essay: What is the friendship based upon? What are the strengths in the friendship? What are the weakness of the friendship? Is the friendship "typical"? Why/ why not? Be sure to use textual evidence to support the answers.

-Billy and Roger

-Roger and Carlyle

-Billy and Richie (if you see a friendship)

-Cokes and Rooney

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