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 Billy threaten Richie while they are mopping the bunks?

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

3. What happens to Cokes after he and Rooney finish singing their song?

4. How are Cokes's boots different from everyone else's?

5. What is Rooney's nickname for Cokes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Roger believe that just because you tried it (homosexual activity) doesn't make one a homosexual?

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

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

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

5. What is the significance of Billy shutting the door at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

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

7. Why does Martin try to commit suicide?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What does "ownership" in the military mean to the men (Billy, Roger, Richie, and Carlyle)? What do they own? Does someone "own" them? Why is ownership so important to each character? (Address each character and ownership individually.)

Essay Topic 3

Who do you believe the strongest character in the play is? The weakest? Why do you believe this to be true? Be sure to use textual evidence to support the decision.

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