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 Billy threaten Richie while they are mopping the bunks?

3. What division of the Army have Rooney and Cokes been in together?

4. As Billy and Roger contemplate Carlyle's enlistment into the Army, why does Billy claim Carlyle is in the Army?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Carlyle think that he must teach Billy a lesson for throwing a shoe at him?

2. Why does Richie agree with Billy in regard to saying that there is something wrong with Carlyle?

3. What does Roger tell Billy he "better learn"?

4. Why does Martin try to commit suicide?

5. 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?

6. Why did Roger continue to talk to Billy when they first met in P Company?

7. Why does Carlyle claim that the Vietnam war is not their (Carlyle's and Roger's) war?

8. What is the underlying fear that all of the men share? (Billy, Roger, Richie, and Carlyle)

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

10. Explain the joke that Carlyle tells after Richie storms out of the bunk room because Carlyle accuses him of "kissing his joint."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Of all of the men in the play, who do you believe will/could go the furthest in their military career? Why? What character traits make this character the most likely to succeed?

Essay Topic 2

What does Carlyle mean when he says, "it has been a long damn time...you ain't gonna put a stop to it," to Billy? What is Carlyle talking about? Could there be a hidden meaning to this statement? Be sure to use textual evidence to support.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the division between the enlisted men (Billy, Roger, Richie, and Carlyle) and the officers (Rooney and Cokes). Which group seems to be more stable? Is this normal? Who would have gone further as a group? Why?

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